Clearwater Man Charged With Manslaughter After Accidentally Stabbing Daughter To Death


May 12, 2022

By: Mary Moore

Laurence Green, 52, is facing a manslaughter charge after stabbing his 22-year-old daughter Sidney Green a little after 7 p.m. Emergency crews transported Green to Morton Plant Hospital where she later died.

Sidney was attempting to intervene between her father and boyfriend as they were fighting. 

In a jailhouse interview, Laurence told ABC Action News that he stopped by his apartment at the Bay Cove apartments to get clothes on Monday and when he entered his home he found his daughters on and off again boyfriend inside. 

"I said, 'you got three minutes to get him out of the house' and she wouldn't get him out of the house," Green said.

Things turned fatal when the fight spilled out into the parking lot. Laurence says that he did not intend to stab his daughter but she got in the way when the two men were fighting and was stabbed in the stomach.

Larence claims he was being assaulted by his daughter's boyfriend who had been punching him in the head. 

Florida is a stand your ground state so Larence is claiming self-defense and the Clearwater Police Major  Natalie- Hailey seems to agree.

"He at the time was defending himself from the boyfriend because he was being hit in the head by the boyfriend. He intended to stab the boyfriend to get him off of him and that is when his daughter intervened between the two of them," Major Illich-Hailey said.

The manslaughter charge was filed since Larence intended to go retrieve the knife specifically to stab his daughter's boyfriend.

Sidney’s mother Misty Green is still trying to deal with the reality of losing her daughter and doubts that Laurence would intentionally attempt to kill their child. 

“I don’t think that’s hit us,” she said. “It’s never going to be the same because pieces of my heart are missing and they can never be put back. So it’s just trying to be there for everyone and that’s what family does.”

Green appeared to show remorse as he spoke highly of his deceased daughter. "Sidney was a light. She can make everyone smile and make everyone happy. I want people to remember that about her. Regardless of what happened, I want people to remember that about her that she was a good person," Green said.

Lawrence is booked at the Pinellas County Jail with a bond of $20.000.