ROCKLAND — A judge has ruled that the 71-year-old man charged with trying to kill his wife by pushing her off a cliff in Camden will not be allowed to stay in town during the trial.

A Knox County judge Tuesday rejected Charles Black’s request that he be allowed to stay in Camden for his trial, scheduled to begin July 14.

WABI-TV reports that prosecutors say his ex-wife is still concerned about her safety.

Black faces several charges including attempted murder. He has been prohibited from living in Camden since his arrest.

Authorities say Black hit his wife with a rock then pushed her off a cliff in a state park.

Black says he passed out and doesn’t remember what happened.

They were reportedly in a dispute over a $4 million inheritance.


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