Dayton gas station murder suspect makes first appearance in court

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Clark and Quinn are both charged with criminal homicide (Photo: Metro Nashville PD)
Daniel Clark, the 28-year-old Dayton man charged in Tuesday night’s murder of a gas station clerk, is due for his first court appearance in Nashville Friday morning.

Clark is charged with Criminal homicide in connection with the death of 58-year-old John Stevens.

Related: Rhea Co. man & teen both in custody for Nashville clerk murder

Nashville Metro Police say Clark and the Dayton teenager he was with, 15-year-old Trinity Quinn, entered the gas station and demanded money. The police report says Clark raised his gun at Stevens, and Stevens grabbed his arm, trying to get the gun out of his hand. He was unsuccessful, and police say Clark then shot him to death. Afterward, Clark rifled through Stevens’ pockets and grabbed keys. Police say he then went to a car parked outside the gas station he believed was Stevens (it wasn’t).

Realizing the keys wouldn’t work, Clark and Quinn ran off in to the woods. The TBI issued an Amber Alert for Quinn the next morning, and right before noon on Wednesday, authorities located and arrested them both.

Police also charged Quinn with criminal homicide, saying she acted as an accomplice in Stevens’ murder. On Thursday, Quinn appeared in court, where a judge waived her hearing, saying the state wanted to try her as an adult.

A Dayton Police report revealed that Quinn and Clark had been friends since she was very young, and that they had recently exchanged several texts. The report says Quinn told a friend that she would be running away soon. Police say she told her parents she was going to school, but got into a pickup with Clark while at the bus stop. The Rhea County School Board is now reviewing its bus stop policy in light of the incident.

Related: Why was a Rhea County teenager charged with criminal homicide?

We have a crew in Nashville for Clark’s hearing Friday morning. Follow reporter Katherine Marchand’s Twitter feed for updates as they happen.

Depend on our partners at News Channel 9 to bring you the latest information on this developing story.

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