Suspect facing new murder charges in deadly 2020 Fayette County shooting, FBI says

SOMERVILLE, Tenn. — New charges were filed against a suspect in a deadly 2020 shooting in Fayette County that left one person dead and four others injured, the TBI announced Thursday.

A grand jury returned additional charges against Deandra Rivers in connection with a fatal shooting that happened at a party on August 23, 2020, in the 1100 block of Brewer Road in Fayette County. 

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Tavaris Lewis of Mason died at the scene. Two men and two women were also injured.

Rivers is now charged with one count of First Degree Murder, four counts of Attempted First Degree Murder with Bodily Injury, one count of Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder, and four counts of Conspiracy to Commit Attempted First Degree Murder.

The indictment was a result of an ongoing investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Agents began investigating the shooting at the request of 25th District Attorney General Mark Davidson.

During the course of the investigation, agents and investigators developed information that identified Deandra Rivers as an individual responsible for attempting to dispose of evidence in the case. 

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On March 22, the Fayette County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Rivers with one count of Tampering with Evidence.

On July 26, agents presented additional evidence to the Fayette County Grand Jury who returned the new indictments charging Rivers with one count of First Degree Murder, four counts of Attempted First Degree Murder with Bodily Injury, one count of Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder, and four counts of Conspiracy to Commit Attempted First Degree Murder. 

Rivers turned himself into the Fayette County Jail Thursday. His bond is set at $500,000.

In November of 2020, five other men - Martivus Baskerville, Tomarcus Baskerville, Montaveen Taylor, Courtland Springfield, and Thomas Smith Jr. - were indicted and charged in this case. 

Additional information about those individuals and the charges they face can be found here.