During last week’s court hearing where Tayveon Bibb plead guilty to first-degree facilitation to commit robbery, Bibb shed light on the events around the 2016 shooting death of Lexus Bell, according to a recording of the proceeding obtained by the News-Democrat & Leader.

Bibb had to give an account of what he did to necessitate the robbery facilitation charge to Judge Tyler Gill and did so last Tuesday.

“I was in the car with Demetrius Roberson, Deon Young, and Reba Kirk while they were on their way to Robinwood Apartments to commit a robbery,” Bibb said.

According to the testimony, Bibb went to the Russellville apartment complex with Roberson, Young, and Kirk with the intent of robbing Bell.

Bibb said that he was supposed to go into the apartment with Roberson and Young, but decided not to once they arrived. He testified that he waited at the car while the others went inside. While they were gone, Bibb said that he heard gunshots and when they came back, they had a rifle, which Bibb said he later found out as an AK-47 that was taken from Bell’s apartment.

Bibb said that the reason he was involved in the robbery plot was because he knew “back roads” that the group could take after the robbery to make it back to Franklin.




According to Bibb, Roberson did not specifically say on the drive to Franklin that he had shot and killed Bell.

“He wasn’t going into full detail,” Bibb said. “He was somewhat trying to watch what he was saying.”

Bibb testified that in the days following the shooting, Roberson did tell him that he had killed Bell.

“Once he started talking about it, I knew that he had killed the girl in the apartment,” Bibb said.

Bibb has been in jail since he was indicted and arrested in connection to the murder in May of 2018. Commonwealth Attorney Neil Kerr said at the hearing that as part of the plea agreement that after Bibb gives a deposition, he will be given a reduced bond. Prior to his guilty plea, Bibb was facing charges of murder and first-degree robbery.

As part of the agreement reached with Kerr, Bibb will serve the maximum five-year sentence on the facilitation charge and will also testify if called in the trial of the remaining two individuals charged in the case.

Kirk was the first of the defendants to take a plea deal. She plead guilty and was sentenced in June of last year to conspiracy to commit murder and complicity to first-degree robbery as her part in the murder. She was given a 20-year sentence, but part of her agreement was that her sentence can be reduced if information she gives authorities leads to the successful conviction of others in the case.

Roberson and Young are still facing murder and other charges in connection with the shooting. They have a hearing set in Logan Circuit Court later this month on Feb. 26.

Roberson is facing the death penalty because he is alleged to have been the shooter. Young, who is currently out on bail, is not facing the death penalty but is alleged to have been inside Bell’s apartment at the time of the killing.