One sentenced, another facing death penalty in 2016 murder of Russellville mother

Published: Jun. 8, 2018 at 5:45 PM CDT
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In 2016, Lexus Bell was shot and killed during an armed robbery at her home. Almost two years later, four people are facing charges in her murder.

On Thursday, Reba Kirk was sentenced to 20 years in prison after she admitted to orchestrating the robbery that resulted in Bell's death.

The court heard from Lexus Bell's aunt as well as her step-father during the sentencing hearing.

Circuit Judge Tyler Gill said Kirk had demonstrated "gangster mentality" amid discussion that dug deep into Kirk's past, growing up with less-than-reputable guardian figures.

On Friday, the man alleged to have pulled the trigger, Demetrius Roberson, appeared in court alongside Tayveon Bibb, who was indicted on murder charges in May.

Acting prosecutor Justin Crocker filed a motion earlier this year in which he explained he will now go after the death penalty for Roberson.

Roberson, who has been declared indigent by the court, is being represented by the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy.

His attorney, Michael Bufkin, was asked about being prepared for trial, and said as of today, he didn't foresee any obstacles preventing them from being ready.

"We will do everything in our power to be able to try this case on the date that the court has given, but we can't anticipate what might happen between now and then," said Bufkin.

Russellville Police are still investigating the case, and say even almost two years later, there could still be more arrests to come.

"My situation is just having patience, and hopefully the people that didn't come forth will come forth," said Detective Kenneth Edmonds. "It's just a waiting game."

The trial for both Demetrius Roberson and Tayveon Bibb is scheduled for March 2019.

The fourth person facing charges, Jordan Lunsford, has pleaded guilty to his charges for the role he played in the shooting.