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16-year-old charged with homicide following deadly stabbing near Walmart parking lot

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Isabelle Jocson
Posted at 10:41 AM, Jun 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-23 16:26:01-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A 16-year-old girl has been charged with homicide for the stabbing that left 14-year-old Malia Powell dead.

Officers said Powell and Isabelle Jocson, 16, got into an argument inside the store on Dickerson Pike before 10 p.m. The argument continued in the parking lot and near the WeGo bus stop, where police said Powell was stabbed with a pocketknife by the other teen in the neck. She died at the hospital.

Police said the investigation this far showed that two groups — including Powell and Jocson — ran into each other in the store but went their separate ways. After that exchange, the groups merged again, when Jocson reportedly challenged Powell to a fight, police said. The two teens then began physically fighting.

Powell was a rising ninth-grader with plans to attend Hillwood High School in the fall.

Following the stabbing, police say Jocson ran away toward Doverside Drive.

Undercover police arrested her a her Claiborne Street apartment.

We will update as more information comes in.