Saturday, April 21, 2018
Public safety

Authorities identify man and homeowner involved in Clearwater stabbing

Edward Smith

Edward Smith, 59

CLEARWATER — Authorities have identified the victim of a Saturday night stabbing, as well as the man who allegedly attacked him.

Clearwater police said Edward Smith, 59, the owner of the home at 1809 Albright Drive, got into a dispute about 7 p.m. Saturday with Joseph Wood Jr., 49, who also lived at the address. During the argument, they say Smith stabbed Wood. Wood was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, where he later died.

Smith was questioned and released. Police said they are continuing to investigate the stabbing, and their findings will be reviewed by the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office to determine whether charges should be filed. Authorities expect the investigation to be completed this week.

Neighbors described Smith, who is disabled, as a friendly man who always offers to help do things such as unload heavy objects.

"He's a nice guy," said Wes Breithaupt, who lives across the street from Smith's brown-shuttered home with a neatly manicured lawn. "He's always said 'hello' to me." Breithaupt said he didn't know Wood, whom he referred to as "Joey."

Neighbors said Wood was a tenant of Smith's and split the house with Smith and his wife.

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