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HEARING SET FOR RHEA COUNTY TEEN CHARGED WITH MURDER TO SEE IF SHE WILL BE TRIED AS AN ADULT

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A hearing will be held September 7, 2017 in Nashville to determine if a Rhea County teenager will be tried as an adult for murder. Authorities say 15-year-old Trinity Quinn was with Daniel Clark when he shot and killed a gas station clerk during a robbery at an Exxon on Charlotte Pike in Nashville. Both Quinn and Clark are from Dayton, Tennessee. Quinn was the subject of an Amber Alert when she was taken by Clark from Rhea County prior to the shooting. Clark allegedly shot and killed 58-year-old John Stevens while attempting to rob the Exxon station while Quinn was with him. Surveillance video from a nearby business appeared to show Clark and Quinn trying to unsuccessfully steal an SUV after the shooting. Police said Clark shot the clerk several times with a semi-automatic pistol. Quinn went from an Amber Alert victim to a suspect after police said surveillance video showed she had plenty of time to get away but chose to follow Clark instead. Prosecutors say if Quinn is tried as an adult, she would not be eligible for the death sentence because of her age but she could get life in prison. If tried as a juvenile, Quinn would not stay in detention past her 19th birthday. She is currently undergoing mental evaluations to determine whether she can stand trial.