Knox County District Attorney General - Charme P. Allen

Knoxville Woman Convicted of Murder

Posted: 04/21/2017

A Knox County jury has convicted Danielle Wright, 29, of Second Degree Murder in the shooting death of Purnell Leon Nimmons.  Assistant District Attorney General Kevin Allen represented the State in the three-day trial before Judge Steve W. Sword.

The incident began as a verbal altercation between Wright and Mr. Nimmons at the Lakeview Motel on Chapman Highway in South Knoxville on the evening of April 3, 2016.  As the argument escalated, Wright left the motel, changed clothes, and returned approximately five minutes later and reengaged the victim.  Wright brandished a handgun and shot Nimmons in the back as he attempted to escape the attack.

Judge Sword will sentence Wright at a hearing on June 8, 2017.  As a first-time offender, Wright is facing 15 to 25 years in prison.



City County Building 400 Main Street
Suite 168
Knoxville, TN 37902