Woman convicted of murder at South Knoxville motel

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A woman has been convicted of shooting a man to death last year at a South Knoxville motel.

A jury convicted Danielle Wright, 29, Thursday of second degree murder following a three day trial. Prosecutors said the incident began as a verbal altercation between Wright and Purnell Summons on April 2, 2016.

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They said the argument escalated and Simmons left the motel, changed clothes and returned around five minutes later to begin arguing again. Wright pulled out a handgun and shot Nimmons in the back as he tried to run.

Wright’s sentencing is scheduled for June 8. She could face 15 to 25 years in prison.

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