Convicted felon charged in west Nashville triple murder

Convicted felon charged in west Nashville triple murder (Image 1)

A convicted felon is behind bars facing three counts of criminal homicide for the murders of a west Nashville family last month.

Metro police spokesperson Don Aaron said Lorenzo “Kelvin” Jenkins, 39, of Hendersonville, became a strong suspect in the case on Tuesday when the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reported the DNA profile of blood recovered from the crime scene likely matched that of Jenkins.

A search warrant was executed and arrest warrants were issued Friday afternoon after the TBI confirmed Jenkins' profile matched.

Jenkins, who was charged Tuesday in Hendersonville with theft as a result of the search warrant, was transported from the Sumner County jail to the Metro jail where he will be booked on the charges later Friday afternoon, Aaron said.

Deborah Sullivan, 48, and her 26-year-old daughter Wendy were found dead inside their Maxon Avenue home on the afternoon of October 22.

Responding officers found Deborah's husband and Wendy's father, 56-year-old Patrick Sullivan, dead in a shed behind the residence.

The victims had been stabbed to death.

The motive for the murders appears to be drug related.

Aaron said the Sullivans sold drugs, including prescription painkillers and marijuana, from their Maxon Avenue residence.

Jenkins was convicted of robbery in 2003 for stealing a woman's purse from her arm.  He confessed to the crime saying that he took the purse because he needed money for drugs. 

He received a five-year suspended sentence.

In June of this year, Jenkins was convicted of aggravated burglary and felony theft in two separate incidents.  He received two six-year suspended sentences for each.

Metro police said the investigation is ongoing as unanswered questions regarding the circumstances remain.

Jenkins' neighbors at the Hickory Pointe Townhomes were shocked to hear of his arrest.

He was well known to neighbors.

“We talked and I showed his step son how to throw a football,” neighbor Jeremy Roberts said. “Every now and then I gave him rides [to] several places.”

Two neighbors, who did not want to be identified, told Nashville's News 2 their homes were burglarized earlier in the week.

Hendersonville police have charged Jenkins in connection with two break-ins in the apartment complex. The neighbors said the break-ins happened during the day while they were away from their homes.

Electronics and other items were stolen, police recovered items for one neighbor.

Roberts said the neighbors did not suspect Jenkins, but had talked about leaving because of the burglaries.

“We had actually talked about moving out of here because of the stuff that had been going on,” he said.

Neighbors were also home when detectives executed a search warrant on Jenkins' townhouse. They said at least 10 metro detectives spent several hours taking pictures inside the house and removing items, including pieces of carpet.

“They were taking stuff in and out of the apartment,” Roberts said. “They towed his car there was a lot of commotion for a while.”

Neighbors said Jenkins' wife and stepchildren were still living in the townhouse, but have been told by property management to move out within the next three days.

Anyone with information about the case, or about Lorenzo Jenkins, his affiliation  or his activities on October 22, is urged to contact Metro police at 615-862-7385 or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

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