Teen could be tried as adult in West Nashville gas station homicide

Trinity Quinn being taken to juvenile booking on May 3, 2017. (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The state of Tennessee wants to try a 15-year-old girl as an adult after she was accused in the homicide of a West Nashville gas station clerk.

Trinity Quinn’s initial preliminary hearing at 2 p.m. Thursday was waived. She did not appear in court.

She will remain in juvenile custody in Nashville until a May 16 hearing.

(Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

News 2 spoke with Rob McGuire, an attorney unaffiliated with the case, shed some light on what being transferred to adult court would mean.

“If she’s transferred to adult court, then she could be punished as an adult. First-degree murder carries a life sentence. She could be charged with other crimes like robbery, and those kinds of things,” McQuire said, adding, “All of those carry significant prison sentences. It’s hard to say what’s going to happen at this point,”

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Quinn and 28-year-old Daniel Clark were both arrested Wednesday morning after an intense manhunt after Exxon clerk John Stevens was shot to death.

Both face charges of with criminal homicide, especially aggravated robbery, and attempted auto theft in the death of John Daniel Stevens, the overnight clerk at the Exxon off Charlotte Pike and Davidson Road.

Visitation for Stevens is being held Monday, May 8 at the West Harpeth Funeral Home from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. His funeral will immediately follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Painted Paws for Veterans, a non-profit organization that provides service dogs, free of charge, to veterans.

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