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Prosecutors drop battery charge against Jeffrey Crouch

NEW PORT RICHEY — The most recent charge against Jeffrey Crouch — who was accused of beating up a homeless man in December — has been dropped by the State Attorney's Office.

Crouch, 54, said he was defending himself when he battered a man named Pauly, who had come to Crouch's house on Regis Avenue to watch a football game, got drunk and then wouldn't leave.

Crouch has become a notorious figure in Pasco crime stories. He purportedly admitted to killing his wife on Green Key Beach in 1987, but the confession was thrown out by a judge. And when his infant son died of head trauma in 1998, Crouch was named a suspect but never charged.

He has been to jail numerous times, but this case was abandoned by prosecutors last month. A friend of Crouch said at the time that Pauly did not want to press charges.

Prosecutors drop battery charge against Jeffrey Crouch 03/01/10 [Last modified: Monday, March 1, 2010 4:51pm]

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