A deadly stabbed bus driver stayed on the porch of his house for over seven hours because neighbors stopped it for Halloween when the authorities announced the arrest of three men for the crime.
John "Randy" Clinedinst, 54, was stabbed to death on Tuesday in front of his house in the Columbus suburb of Prairie Township.
Clinedinst, a school bus driver for the public school system in Columbus, suffered several stab wounds WSYX TV.
Neighbors thought the crime scene was an early Halloween ornament because of the way the body was placed on the porch, The Columbus shipment reported.
John "Randy" Clinedinst, 54, a bus driver for a school district in Columbus, Ohio, can be seen in the above undated file photo
The former roommate of Clinedinst, Abraham Shears, 52, is said to have recruited two men in a homicide to kill Clinedinst
Donte Slash (left), 23, and Tarayle Glick (right), 19, allegedly attributed investigators to the stabbing death of Clinedinst. They said Shears offered them money and a trip to California to carry out the murder
Just after 11 a.m. on Tuesday, a number of curious neighbors looked at the body on the porch, prompting one of the housemates to look outside and see Clinedinst.
The roommate then called 911 and told the police that she thought she heard Clinedinst scream earlier that morning.
After he had looked for him briefly, the roommate did not see him and he went back to sleep.
Authorities say that Clinedinst's former roommate, Abraham Shears, 52, recruited two other men – Donte Slash, 23 and Tarayle Glick, 19 – to perform the murder.
Shears, the alleged leader, has been accused of conspiring to commit aggravated murder.
Neighbors initially thought that Clinedinst's body was an early Halloween decoration. The crime scene in Prairie Township, Ohio can be seen above
Slash and Glick are accused of serious murder.
According to court documents, Slash and Glick waited outside Clinedinst's house for dawn on Tuesday.
When Clinedinst stepped out of his house, Glick reportedly used a flashlight to blind him.
Investigators say that Slash subsequently stabbed Clinedinst in the head and trunk several times after he left his house around 3:30.
Slash would be armed with a knife, while Glick would wear a machete and a flashlight.
Sheriff's delegates claim that Shears offered Slash and Glick money and a trip to California as payment for killing Clinedinst.
Clinedinst and Shears lived in the same house with two other women until about a month ago, when landlord forced Shears and one of the women out, according to reports. Clinedinst can be seen in the above stock image
Delegates say that Slash and Glick have given full confessions to investigators.
Shears lived with Clinedinst and two other women in the house on the 200 block of Darbyhurst Road in Prairie Township until about a month ago, when the landlord kicked out Shears and one of the women.
A neighbor told WSYX-TV that the deputies of the sheriff were called to the house more than once because of disputes between the residents.
"There was always constant unrest and the sheriff's department was here several times because of him," said Gene Chaffin.
According to court reports, Shears has worked with the law before.
In January, prosecutors in Franklin County said Shears was guilty of sexual behavior with a minor.
Because of the conviction, Shears was legally obliged to leave the house he shared with Clinedinst on Darbyhurst Road due to the proximity of a school, Prairie Lincoln Elementary.
Clinedinst & # 39; s roommate called 911 after seeing his body shortly after 11 am on Tuesday – almost eight hours after being stabbed, according to authorities
According to the law, those convicted of sex offenses against children must live at least 300 meters from a school.
The Columbus City School district issued a statement after being informed that his employee, Clinedinst, had died.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Clinedinst family during this difficult time," the district said in a statement.
"Bus drivers such as Clinedinst do more than just transport students safely to and from school.
"They are the first to greet students as they go to school every day, and extend a positive school climate outside the classroom.
"It is the power of those short morning interactions that can set the tone for a children's day."
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