Clearwater man stabbed Pasco victim, left body in remote area, deputies say

Deputies say John Crittenden Green IV killed someone — but the “who," the “why” and other details weren’t included.
John C. Green of Clearwater faces a second-degree murder charge out of Pasco County.
John C. Green of Clearwater faces a second-degree murder charge out of Pasco County. [ Pinellas County Sheriff's Office ]
Published March 5, 2020

A Clearwater man booked into the Pinellas County jail last week is accused of stabbing another person and leaving their body in a remote part of northeast Pasco County, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were called on Feb. 13 to investigate a body found near Power Line Road and Kettering Road in Trilby, deputies said. On Feb. 26, Clearwater police arrested John Crittenden Green IV, 43, on a warrant from Pasco County, public records showed. He faces a charge of second-degree murder.

The Sheriff’s Office confirmed last week that Green was the subject of a murder investigation but said it could not release more information until he was transferred to the Pasco County jail. That transfer took place Tuesday, jail records show. He’s being held there on $750,000 bond.

The Sheriff’s Office released the arrest warrant Thursday. The agency also issued a press release, though it did not include details beyond the date and location at which the body was found and that Green was arrested after “a connection to the suspect ... was established.”

The warrant specified that the death was a stabbing, but it did not contain any more detail about the alleged crime. The Sheriff’s Office declined to identify the victim, citing the agency’s broad interpretation of a constitutional amendment known as Marsy’s Law, meant to protect the rights of crime victims.

Green has a lengthy arrest record that dates to 1995 and includes charges in Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough and Orange counties, public records show. His record includes DUIs, moving violations, marijuana and synthetic cannabinoid possession and driving with a revoked or suspended license.