Nashville Police have arrested five suspects, and charged them with murder, in the death of musician Kyle Yorlets, 24. The group of five consisted of three girls and two boys, ranging in age from 12-16 years old.
On Thursday night, the five youths were driving/loitering behind Yorlets’ home on Torbett Street in the 3200 block. The group spotted Yorlets as they drove through the alley in a stolen pickup truck. Upon seeing the victim, the group confronted Yorlets, demanding his wallet and car keys.
Authorities believe Yorlets refused to comply and the youths shot him. The shooting occurred outside the house, but Yorlets managed to crawl back into the home. Later in the day, around 3 p.m., a roommate discovered Yorlets and then called 911. First responders took Yorlets to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, though he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Witnesses reported having seen a few young people running to a pickup truck at the time of the shooting. Based on descriptions from eye witnesses, Nashville authorities determined they were already looking for one of the five minors, a 12-year-old girl reported as a runaway. Police had turned up Snapchat posts, during the search, that showed the 12-year-old “with other young people with guns.”
Nashville Police believe the minors stole the Chevrolet pickup truck from Oak Grove in Kentucky, where it was reported stolen. Officials reported that the truck was abandoned on Timberland Drive, in Nashville’s Hermitage Precinct. The youths were later spotted at the Walmart in West Nashville.
When officers apprehended the teens, one of them was carrying a 9mm pistol that was loaded. After further investigation, another loaded gun was found in the Walmart. Both weapons had been reported stolen, one of which had been missing since 2018 after being stolen in South Nashville. Both weapons were reported stolen after the vehicles they were in had been stolen.
The two youngest members of the group cannot have their identities publicized due to the severity of the case and their young age, so all names are being withheld at this time.
It is expected that the four oldest teens will be charged as adults in this crime, but the attorney for the youngest girl, 12, argued that her case should not be tried in adult court. However, Stacy Miller, the Assistant District Attorney, disagreed. She argued that the girl did not run away, nor did she call the police, thus she is as culpable as the other four.
Though it is rare, it is not unheard of for Nashville to prosecute a pre-teen as an adult. In 1997, Terrence McLaurine was charged with and convicted of murder as an adult. Tennessee currently has approximately 185 prisoners with life sentences from crimes committed in their teens, seven of which were only 14 when they were convicted.