Girl, 16, Arrested For Deadly Stabbing At Nashville Walmart

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Isabelle Jocson, 16

Metro Nashville Police Department Homicide Unit detectives this morning charged Isabelle Jocson, 16, with criminal homicide for Monday night’s fatal stabbing of Malia Powell, 14, in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart store at 3458 Dickerson Pike, near the WeGo bus stop.

Jocson was arrested just before midnight by undercover TITANS (The Investigative Team Addressing Neighborhood Shootings) detectives at her Claiborne Street apartment. Analysis of surveillance video from Wal-Mart led to the identification of Jocson as the suspect in this case.

Malia Powell (Courtesy Powell family / WZTV)

The investigation to this point shows that two groups, one with Powell, the other with Jocson, encountered each other inside the store, had a brief verbal exchange, and went their separate ways. Jocson’s group exited and headed for the bus stop. Powell’s group exited and she got into a vehicle that went to the area where Jocson’s group was walking. Jocson reportedly challenged Powell to a fight.

Powell approached and the two began physically fighting. During the fight, Jocson is alleged to have fatally stabbed Powell in the neck with a knife. Powell died at a local hospital.


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