Parents: Triple murder suspect coached kids

Parents: Triple murder suspect coached kids (Image 1)

A man charged with three counts of criminal homicide in connection with the murders of a west Nashville family is due in a Davidson County Court Wednesday.

Lorenzo “Kelvin” Jenkins is accused of murdering Patrick Sullivan, his wife Deborah Sullivan and their daughter Wendy Sullivan at the family's Maxon Avenue home on October 22.

Metro police said the murders were drug related. Investigators say the Sullivans were selling marijuana and prescription pills from their home.

According to court records, police found a fingerprint belonging to Jenkins as well as DNA evidence in the home that linked him to the killings.

Jenkins has a lengthy criminal history, including convictions for aggravated burglary and felony theft from the summer of 2012. He received two six-year suspended sentences for the convictions.

He was also convicted in 2004 of robbery.

Parents contacted Nashville's News 2 after they recognized his mug shot and said he worked as a volunteer with the Station Camp Youth Football Program.

“Not only is the crime itself sad,” the concerned parent wrote, but I am also shocked that he was coaching in my son's youth football league in Hendersonville.”

The parent continued, “Our son played football for a team that is part of the Station Camp youth football league at which he was coaching. The fact that this guy was allowed, approved or somehow slipped through the cracks and able to be around children is concerning.”

Nashville's News 2 contacted the commissioner of Station Camp's Youth Football Program, Sean Link.  He confirmed by phone Jenkins volunteered with the league. He said Jenkins' stepson played for one of the teams and Jenkins wanted to help.

Jenkins was allowed to play catch with the kids and give out water. According, to Link Jenkins told the league he had run into some trouble, but did not disclose exactly what kind.

The league requires background checks for coaches and others in leadership roles, but not parent volunteers.

Nashville's News 2 also contacted the Middle Tennessee Junior Football League for comment, but the president and vice president did not return immediately return calls for comment.

Jenkins remains in the Davidson County jail without bond.

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