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West Precinct Detectives Arrest Man for Maxon Avenue Triple Homicide


November 9, 2012


Convicted felon Lorenzo Kelvin Jenkins this afternoon is being charged with three counts of criminal homicide for the October 22nd stabbing deaths of three members of the Sullivan family at their 5500 Maxon Avenue property.

Jenkins, 39, who received two six-year suspended sentences just this past June for aggravated burglary and felony theft in separate incidents, was taken into custody today at the Sumner County Jail.

“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.”

Detectives recently identified Jenkins as among those who needed to be interviewed as part of the continuing investigation. The focus on Jenkins intensified significantly on Tuesday as the result of days of meticulous on-scene evidence processing by Metro Police experts. Certain items of collected evidence were submitted to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation crime laboratory for scientific testing. Analysis of that evidence led to Jenkins being considered a strong suspect. On Tuesday evening, West Precinct detectives took Jenkins into custody as he left his mother’s home on 22nd Avenue North to serve a search warrant that mandated he give a DNA sample. A search warrant was also executed at his 1037 Centerpoint Road home in Hendersonville. While Jenkins refused to answer questions about the triple homicide case Tuesday night, Hendersonville Police located evidence in Jenkins’ residence linking him to a residential burglary that occurred on November 5th. He was charged in Sumner County with aggravated burglary and felony theft. Jenkins’ bond on the Sumner County charges was set at $225,000.

West Precinct detectives submitted the DNA sample obtained by search warrant to the TBI crime laboratory Wednesday morning. The murder warrants were issued as a result of that analysis.

Patrick Sullivan, 56, his wife, Deborah Sullivan, 48, and their daughter, Wendy Sullivan, 26, are believed to have been attacked in the late morning hours of October 22nd. The Sullivan’s 28-year-old daughter found her mother and sister dead inside the house early that afternoon. Responding officers found Patrick Sullivan dead inside a detached building behind the house.

The motive for the murders is believed to be drug related. The investigation revealed that the Sullivans sold pills and marijuana from the Maxon Avenue residence.

In addition to his 2012 convictions, Jenkins was also convicted of robbery in January 2004 for grabbing a purse from a woman’s arm at 10th Avenue North & Charlotte Avenue as she walked from her workplace to her car. Jenkins confessed, saying that he took the purse because he needed money for drugs. He received a five-year suspended sentence in that case.

The investigation into this triple homicide case is continuing. Unanswered questions regarding the circumstances remain. Anyone in the community with information about this case, or about Lorenzo Jenkins, his affiliations, or his activities on October 22nd, is urged to contact West Precinct Investigations at (615) 862-7385 or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.


Lorenzo Kelvin Jenkins