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Teen Faces Murder Charges After Fatal Market Robbery

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Veretez P. McGill Veretez P. McGill

by Janet Kim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Police said a 15-year old Davidson County teenager is facing murder charges.

Veretez McGill, 15, had a preliminary hearing Friday in Davidson County's Juvenile Court. He waived his right to appear in court, while prosecutors worked to establish probable cause. 

McGill has been charged with the shooting death of 50-year old Darrell Wright during a robbery at the Church and Son Market in North Nashville back on August 11. In court Friday, detective testimony revealed Metro Police established McGill as a suspect through a fingerprint on a newspaper and surveillance video in a nearby alley that showed two people wearing the same clothes matching witness descriptions.

The detective testified that one of those shirts, a polo, was recovered in McGill's home during a search warrant. 

Lavetta Church, who is the wife of the Church and Son Market owner, also testified as a witness, describing two people came into the store the day Wright died. She said one was holding a knife and the other carrying a gun. She said the gunman pointed the gun at Mr. Wright and told him not to move.

According to Church, when the victim tried to get out of the way, the gunman shot him and said something along the lines of "I told him not to move." 

At this time, police were still looking for the second suspect. 

There was another shooting at Church and Son market on Thursday. The shooting came just one day after McGill's arrest. Police said a bullet grazed the owner.

Officials said while the two shootings are similar, they are stilling investigating whether they're connected. 

Authorities said they were also looking for McGill's brother 17-year-old Paul Sales, who has escaped DCS custody in Waverly. Police have not linked him to any crime, but they said he has a history of violence.

McGill's hearing date to transfer him has been set forNovember 12. 

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