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Shooter that killed toddler bragged "like he did something good," defendant claims

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The man who wounded a mother and killed her toddler in an August shooting bragged about what he had done in the immediate aftermath, "like he did something good," an alleged accomplice to the murder told police.

Trey Anderson, the alleged getaway driver charged along with three others in the shooting of Cierra Twyman and her 16-month-old daughter Ne'Riah Miller, told police the men with him were “happy” right after the shooting, with the shooter excitedly describing how he ran onto Twyman's porch and started firing.

In an Oct. 31 video interview, released on Monday, Anderson told a Louisville Metro Police Detective he was “forced at gunpoint” to drive other men to the 100 block of S. 37th Street, where, in retaliation for a shooting earlier in the day, they fired several shots at a neighboring apartment before one of the shooters ran next door to Twyman's home.

“If I had known he was going to kill a baby, I would have stood up for that baby and probably got killed too,” Anderson told police during a lengthy interview released in court records on Monday. “I got a nephew. I ain't going to let that happen.”

Anderson, along with William McLemore, Demarkus Tramber and Michael Dunn, have been charged with murder, assault, attempted murder, and several counts of wanton endangerment. Interviews with McLemore and Dunn were also released on Monday.

In his interview, Anderson identified the person who shot Twyman and Ne'Riah as going by the nickname of “Gator,” though he did not identify the shooter by his actual name.

After initially denying he had any involvement in the Aug. 27 murder – saying he went to the public memorial for Ne'Riah – Anderson eventually told police he was the getaway driver for some men, though he did so only because he was forced at gunpoint. And Anderson said another group was in a separate vehicle, but he didn't know who they were.

The detective who interviewed Anderson told him there were four people in the that vehicle.

When police asked Anderson why he didn't drive off when the other men got out of the vehicle and started shooting, he said he was scared he and his family would face retaliation.

Witnesses said that several men began yelling at a group of people hanging out in front of a neighboring apartment building before shooting at the group. They estimated around 20 shots were fired. One of the men then ran up onto Twyman's porch and began firing within a few feet of Twyman and her child, according to witness statements in the court records.

During his interview, Anderson told police he would likely “die” because he was talking to them and identifying the men who were in his vehicle.

“I'm scared for my life and family,” he told police, later expressing surprise that he was charged.

When McLemore was interviewed by police, he repeatedly denied having anything to do with the shootings.

Dunn also spoke with police, admitting that he was at the shooting scene but claiming his gun didn't go off when he tried to fire.

“My gun did not touch that little girl,” Dunn said.

Tramber did not do an interview with police.

All four men have pleaded not guilty and are lodged in Metro Corrections on $500,000 bonds.

In an interview with police, Twyman said she saw the group of men yelling at another group of men in front of the house just before they began shooting at them.

Twyman told police she then grabbed her child and dove behind a small wall on her porch as shots rang out. She said the next thing she saw was a man standing on her porch next to her shooting, hitting Twyman in the stomach, according to a summary of her interview with police.

Twyman said she did not know her daughter had been hit until someone told her the 1-year-old had died a few hours later. Ne'riah died of a gunshot wound to the torso.

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