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Clearwater stabbing death linked to love triangle

CLEARWATER — Police are saying little about the stabbing that left Johnny Johnson fatally wounded Saturday morning, other than it appears to be the result of a love triangle.

In addition to Johnson, the triangle was made up of his girlfriend, Khija Williams, and a man named Nathaniel Jones.

The stabbing took place about 6 a.m. inside the house at 1356 Fairmont Ave., where Johnson and Williams were living. Johnson died soon after at Mease Dunedin Hospital.

As of Monday evening, no arrests had been made.

Even Johnson's family members said they were in the dark about the slaying and they said they had not heard of Nathaniel Jones.

"We don't really know what happened being that the Clearwater police haven't been very cooperative" in returning calls, said Curtis Thomas, 31, Johnson's younger brother. "All we know is that we've got a family member down."

Johnson, 36, is survived by three daughters — Courtney Gilmore, 20, Oriele Blunt, 20, and Jazmine Johnson, 11.

"He was there when I needed him," said Gilmore, the eldest.

Jazmine is unable to sleep, her family said.

Williams, Johnson's 26-year-old girlfriend, recently moved into the white house with Christmas decorations on the front door.

According to Thomas, Johnson and Williams became an item shortly after Johnson got out of prison in April. He served four years on drug and other charges, Department of Corrections records show.

Thomas said Williams and his brother had lived together with Johnson's family in Tampa. Then Williams moved to Clearwater and Johnson followed her.

No information was available on Jones, 27, of Queens, New York, the third person police identified in the love triangle.

Johnson had rheumatoid arthritis, his brother said, and sometimes he couldn't even walk.

He was a big fan of New York Jets quarterback Brett Favre. His brother rooted for the Miami Dolphins. They were looking forward to watching the teams play each other on Dec. 28.

The last time Thomas saw his brother was 4 or 5 p.m. on Friday.

Johnson was standing with a cousin.

"I made a joke," Thomas remembers. "Look at you two ugly dudes."

Funeral services for Johnson will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Morning Glory Funeral Chapel in Tampa.

Jonathan Abel can be reached at or (727) 445-4157.

Clearwater stabbing death linked to love triangle 12/15/08 [Last modified: Friday, December 19, 2008 12:03pm]
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