A case stemming from a 2016 deadly shooting remains on schedule for trial next month.

Ronnie Alan Guess, 40, of Bowling Green, appeared Monday in Warren Circuit Court for a hearing in his criminal case. He is charged with second-degree manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence and is accused of causing the death of Justin Vaughn, 19, of Franklin.

Vaughn was shot once in the back of the neck with a handgun April 8, 2016, as he and Guess sat in a GMC Yukon parked in a gravel lot near Pioneer Auto Sales on Russellville Road.

At Monday’s hearing, Warren County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kori Bumgarner said she filed a motion for reciprocal discovery to receive evidence gathered by Guess’ attorney, Christopher Davenport, while the case has been pending.

A trial is scheduled for July 9.

Bowling Green Police Department records said Guess acknowledged handling a handgun in the vehicle when it discharged and then telling James Cherry, who had been in a vehicle parked behind the Yukon, to hide the gun somewhere in the auto business.

“Guess admitted to teasing the victim while holding a .22 caliber revolver in his hand,” Guess’ arrest citation said. “Guess then admitted while holding the firearm close proximity to the back of the victim’s head, the firearm discharged, striking the victim.”

Vaughn died April 27, 2016, at Tri-Star Skyline Medical Center in Nashville.

The charges carry a maximum combined penalty of 15 years in prison.

At a hearing in 2017, Davenport said Guess was not willing to accept a plea agreement that offered a 12-year sentence.

Vaughn’s family said he was a teenager with special needs who competed in area Special Olympics events that included the shot put, standing long jump and 100-meter dash.

At the time of his arrest, Guess was charged with first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence, but a Warren County grand jury returned an indictment with the manslaughter charge after Vaughn died.

Guess is currently free on a partially secured $75,000 bond.

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