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.