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Arrest Made In West Nashville Triple Murder

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Metro Police have made an arrest in the October murder of three people on Maxon Avenue.

Police said convicted felon Lorenzo Jenkins,39, has been charged in the west Nashville triple murder of Wendy Sullivan, age 26, their father Patrick Sullivan, age 56, and his wife, Deborah Sullivan, age 48.

The bodies were discovered inside the family's Maxon Avenue home on October 22. Officials said the murders were drug related, citing the Sullivan family was selling pills and marijuana from their home.

"West Precinct detectives have worked tirelessly for nearly three weeks pursuing leads in their efforts to determine who was responsible for this tremendously violent crime," Chief Steve Anderson said.  "This was a very difficult crime scene to see and work, and I am grateful to officers from several components and the staff of our Identification Division for all that they did to move this investigation forward."   

Police said DNA evidence taken at the scene of the crime was submitted to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation crime laboratory for testing and on Thursday night came back a match to Jenkins. 

Officials said that Jenkins had been arrested and charged in several different crimes in the past, but had received over 17 years delayed sentences, which he never spent a day in prison  for. 

Jenkins was arrested in Hendersonville on Thursday after officers found him to be burglarizing homes in the Hickory Pointe Townhomes.  Jenkins was charged on those crimes and then developed as suspect in the west Nashville triple murder.

Neighbors on Maxon Avenue were relieved to hear of the arrest Friday, but shocked at the motive behind the murders.

"It's hard for us to believe. They were just such family people, always out in the yard, we never saw anything that would ever give us a clue of anything like this," said Connie Childress.

She and her husband could not believe Jenkins' criminal history and the fact he was out on the streets of Nashville on October 22nd.

"I just hope he gets put away for ever, he don't need to be out on the streets anymore. If he'd been up for the 17 years he's been dodging, this wouldn't have happened," according to Childress.

Jenkins is currently being held at the Metro Jail.

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