Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

GPS Leads Police to Shallow Grave, Murder Charge; Body of Lawn Service Owner Found after Probation Officer's Discovery

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

GPS Leads Police to Shallow Grave, Murder Charge; Body of Lawn Service Owner Found after Probation Officer's Discovery

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Byline: Dan Scanlan

Clyde Matthew King's killer buried his body about 2 1/2 miles from his Southside business in early December, the last time evidence showed the 72-year-old was alive, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

His lone employee, Richard Greene, ran King's Lawn Service "business as usual," unaware the tracking device he wore for being a convicted sexual predator would lead his probation officer to the grave.

Greene, 44, of the 5400 block of West Beaver Street, was charged Monday with murder, four months after he was put in the Duval County jail on five counts of forgery, three counts of grand theft and one count of fraud.

Greene was on parole for an October 1998 conviction for sexual battery.

The ankle bracelet's GPS system not only led the probation officer to the burial site, but also showed Greene was at the victim's home when King's defibrillator recorded his death Dec. 4.

"Technology played a huge part in solving this case," Assistant Chief Chris Butler said. "You have the defibrillator showing the three events that happened as well as the GPS tracking device that our investigation shows places him near the shallow grave and the house and everything else."

News of the arrest six months after King's death brings relief to Yolande Chanoine, his next-door neighbor. They were neighbors for almost as long as King operated his 16-year-old lawn business. Chanoine said she was worried when no arrests had been announced for months.

"When it happened and the cops were asking me questions, I thought it could have been him [Greene], but you are not guilty until proven guilty," she said. "I am so glad that he has been found so I can sleep at peace now."

Greene had worked for King for a year and a half, police said. On Dec. 29, King's brother reported him missing after being unable to reach him. …

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