Trial nears in downtown BG murder case

Published 4:07 pm Thursday, October 19, 2023

By Justin Story, Bowling Green Daily News

A Bowling Green man charged in a deadly shooting that occurred downtown will stand trial later this month, and a warrant has been issued for a prosecution witness.

Dederic L. Anderson, 32, of Bowling Green, is scheduled to go to trial Oct. 30 on a count of murder in connection with the death of Tayveon Bibb, 23 of Bowling Green.

Bibb was shot Jan. 10, 2021, in the 300 block of East Main Avenue and was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.

At a hearing Monday in Warren Circuit Court, Anderson confirmed for Warren Circuit Judge J.B. Hines that he wishes to go to trial.

Anderson’s attorney, Alyson McDavitt of the Department of Public Advocacy, said in court Monday that she did not think the case would be resolved ahead of the scheduled trial date.

Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Kori Beck Bumgarner said Monday that her office had made an offer to Anderson to serve 25 years in prison in exchange for a guilty plea.

The murder count against him carries a penalty range of 20-50 years in prison or life with no chance at parole for at least 20 years.

At a separate hearing on Thursday, Hines authorized a material witness warrant that had been requested by Bumgarner to be served against a witness her office says is important to their case.

Detective Gordon Turner of the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office testified that he had previously been in contact with the witness, who now lives out of state, but attempts to serve her with a subpoena directing her to come to court to testify at Anderson’s trial have been unsuccessful.

Turner said the witness has not responded to multiple messages he has left with her.

“It’s to the point where the commonwealth believes (the witness) is personally evading service (of the subpoena),” Bumgarner said before calling Turner to testify.

Under state law, an arrest warrant can be served against a material witness in a pending criminal case who is believed to be avoiding service of process.

In addition to authorizing the warrant, Hines set a $25,000 cash bond for the witness.

Bibb’s death was investigated by the Bowling Green Police Department, which was called to Three Brothers Bar on Jan. 10, 2021, on a report of people possibly having guns there.

Officers patrolling on foot behind the business heard gunshots from the front of the building and ran toward the noise, finding Bibb on the sidewalk with five gunshot wounds, according to prior court testimony.

Investigators spoke with witnesses and learned of a feud between Bibb and two other men, one of whom was Anderson.

At a 2021 preliminary hearing in Warren District Court, then-BGPD Detective Rebecca Robbins testified that police learned of prior physical confrontations between Bibb and Anderson as well as threatening messages sent over Snapchat.

On Jan. 16, 2021, Anderson met with detectives at BGPD headquarters, and reportedly denied involvement in the shooting, claiming to have been at a friend’s house that night on Kelly Road.

Robbins testified that police made contact with the friend, who provided more details about the night of the incident, leading police to conclude that Anderson traveled with a group of friends in separate vehicles downtown in the early morning hours of Jan. 10, 2021.

Anderson allegedly confessed his involvement in a subsequent interview, with Robbins testifying in 2021 that Anderson admitted firing multiple rounds during a physical confrontation with Bibb.

Anderson then claimed to have sold the firearm to a person in Nashville, Robbins testified at the preliminary hearing.