NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Police testified Wednesday that blood and fingerprints linked a convicted felon to the triple murder of a family in west Nashville.
The family's accused killer, Lorenzo Jenkins, appeared in court for the first time for his preliminary hearing Wednesday. He faces three counts of criminal homicide in the deaths of 56-year-old Patrick Sullivan, 48-year-old Debbie Sullivan, and 26-year-old Wendy Sullivan. They were all found stabbed to death inside their home on Maxon Avenue on October 22.
A Metro detective handling the case took the stand Wednesday to answer questions about evidence recovered at the scene.
DNA tests linked Jenkins' blood and fingerprints to the scene of the crime, as well as the murder weapon.
Charles K. Taylor, a detective at the West Precinct, testified that Jenkins suffered several wounds.
"He had at least two or three small cuts to the first three to four fingers on his left hand. And he also had a wound on his upper forearm, close to his elbow, that looked to be a wound from a knife," said Detective Taylor.
Taylor also testified that part of the murder weapon, a knife, was found broken off in Patrick Sullivan's back.
During cross examination, Jenkins' public defender asked Taylor about two men who were seen at the home on the day of the murders. Taylor testified that neither has been identified, and they are continuing to search for them as "persons of interest."
Officials have said the murders were drug-related, and said the Sullivan family was selling pills and marijuana from their home.
Jenkins, a convicted felon, was arrested in Hendersonville last week after officers found him burglarizing homes in the Hickory Pointe Townhomes. Jenkins was charged on those crimes and then developed as suspect in the west Nashville triple murder.
Officials said that Jenkins had been arrested and charged in several different crimes in the past, but had received over 17 years delayed sentences, for which he never spent a day in prison.
The case was bound over to the Davidson County Grand Jury.