The three defendants facing charges in the murder of 21-year-old Lexus Bell are seeking to have separate trials after their attorneys filed motions before Circuit Judge Tyler Gill on Wednesday.

Robert Irwin, the attorney for Tayveon Bibb, and Allen Simpson, the attorney for Deon Young, both petitioned Gill to sever the trials for their clients from that of Demetrius Roberson.

The prosecution is seeking the death penalty for Roberson in the murder of Bell. It is alleged that Roberson was the person responsible for shooting Bell. The prosecution is alleging that Young was inside Bell's apartment with Roberson when the murder took place and that Bibb waited for the two in a car while they entered Bell's residence and killed her.

 

Irwin argued that since Roberson is facing the death penalty, the jury pool would be too small to give his client a fair trial.

Acting Commonwealth Attorney Justin Crocker opposed the motions and wants all three men tried together.

"I don't believe either defendant would be subjected to undue or unfair prejudice," Crocker said.

The trial is currently set to take place in March of next year. Gill said that he would rule on the matter within a month. All three are scheduled to be back in court on Nov. 13 for another hearing in the case.

Also on Wednesday, Roberson's attorney Michael Bufkin petitioned Gill to have a hearing to lower his client's bond.

Roberson is currently being held on a $1 million bond, but is also serving time for other crimes and is scheduled to go before the parole board in December.

"Having such a high bond sends a message to the parole board," Bufkin said.

Gill will rule on the bond issue at the November hearing.

Bufkin also asked for evidence in the criminal case against Commonwealth Attorney Gail Guiling, since she was in charge of the case before she was indicted for official misconduct, tampering with physical evidence and engaging in organized crime.

Gill granted that motion.