Suspect pleads guilty in murder of slain Russellville mother

Published: Apr. 25, 2018 at 5:14 PM CDT
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According to the Russellville Police Department, one person pleaded guilty in the 2016 murder of 21-year-old Lexus Bell.

Police say Bell was killed during an attempted robbery while holding her infant son.

Over a year and half later, two people have entered guilty pleas, another could face the death penalty, and more arrests could come.

Reba Kirk was in Logan County Circuit Court Tuesday, and although the clerk's office could not confirm, according to the Russellville Police Department, she pleaded guilty to murder charges and could face up to 20 years in jail.

The family of Lexus Bell is still searching for answers and asks anyone with information to come forward.

"Lexus's family was in court with us yesterday," said Detective Kenneth Edmonds of the Russellville Police Department. "They're the ones who The Commonwealth was in contact with to see if they were satisfied about the charges and would they accept the charges."

Also happening Tuesday, murder charges against Khalin Sparks in the case were dropped after Reba Kirk testified in open court that he was not there.

"After Mr. Sparks was indicted," explained Det. Edmonds, "and I was able to talk to him, it became clear that he did have alibis, work schedules, and other people that could vouch for him."

Sparks had been indicted on murder charges while allegedly on the run from a warrant for an unrelated crime, and Det. Edmonds says he was able to come in and clear his name of murder charges.

"When I was able to interview him, he was very courteous and was willing to sit down with me," Edmonds added.

Sparks is currently serving time for that unrelated warrant, and as for the murder case of Lexus Bell, it's far from over.

"There could possibly be another arrest coming here in the next few weeks, or next few days," said Det. Edmonds, "so that's the only thing that we have ongoing."

Demetrius Roberson, the lone not guilty plea remaining, and the man that could face the death penalty after allegedly pulling the trigger in the case may not be on trial until October 2019 according to Police.

Roberson's defense team will prepare to keep him off of death row.

Another person involved has pleaded guilty in the case, although to lesser charges. Jordan Lunsford will not face murder charges.

The judge in the murder case was not in Logan Circuit Court today, so Tuesday's events inside the courtroom are not known, outside of statements from police inside.

Reba Kirk's court documents could be available as early as tomorrow.