Man pleads not guilty to killing Nashville gas station clerk

Daniel Clark (Source: Metro Nashville PD)

The East Tennessee man accused of killing a convenience store clerk in west Nashville while with a teenage girl at the center of an Amber Alert has been indicted on murder charges by the Davidson County Grand Jury.

Daniel Clark, of Dayton, TN, was indicted on charges of first degree felony murder, first degree premeditated murder, especially aggravated robbery and attempted theft of a vehicle.

Clark allegedly shot John Daniel Stevens, the clerk at the Exxon market, during a robbery at the market on Charlotte Pike about 9:30 p.m. on May 2.

Clark was with then 15-year-old Trinity Quinn, who was the subject of an Amber Alert issued from Rhea County.

After interviewing Clark and Quinn, Metro police said they believe they entered the Exxon to force Stevens to give up his car keys so they could leave the area.

After the shooting, police said the two went to an SUV parked outside the store and attempted to open it but had the wrong keys. Clark then allegedly fired shots into the vehicle’s window and attempted to steal the vehicle, but the key did not work. Clark and Quinn then fled the area on foot.

Police said they believe Clark and Quinn knew each other for a number of years and had been planning to run away together for the past several weeks.

Investigators said the two arrived in Nashville late Monday night or early Tuesday morning and parked at the west Nashville Walmart when their van ran out of gas. The two are believed to have stayed in the van and walked around the area before going to the Exxon Tuesday night.

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