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Jefferson Co. grand jury indicts man in connection with murder of 28-year-old Amber Stepp

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted a man in connection with the murder of 28-year-old Amber Stepp.

According to court records, Brandon Williamson is charged with complicity murder. A Jefferson County grand jury issued a direct indictment against Williamson on Monday. In addition to complicity murder, Williamson is also charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

Williamson was already in jail when he was charged in connection to Stepp's murder. An arrest report shows Williamson was pulled over on June, 4th for a license plate violation. Officers say Williamson fled and investigators found a gun in the car. 

Stepp was killed near the intersection of South 25th Street and Rowan Street in May.

The story of Amber Stepp is one involving drug use and criminal activity, according to her mother and court documents. Over the last two years, Stepp faced several charges in Jefferson County, including wanton endangerment, shoplifting, and drug offenses.

"It started really young. She was probably 13, if not a little bit younger," said Stepp's mother, Loretta Gribbins, during an interview with WDRB in May.

Gribbins said she tried so many times to get her daughter clean, but it never seemed to work. Gribbins was left to care for Stepp's two young children.

Recently though, Gribbins said Stepp appeared to be doing better.

"She was coming around and spending a lot more time with the kids," said Gribbins, back in May. "She was here Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Made a big to-do of Mother’s Day, and we had a good time."

The next day though, the 28-year-old was shot and killed along Rowan Street near South 25th in Louisville.

"I just, I didn’t believe it. It’s something I told her for years was gonna happen -- that I was gonna get a phone call one day and that's how they’d find her, in the gutter. And well, I was close."

Despite the hard times, Gribbins says her daughter remained funny, energetic, and giving. She says Stepp had attended Ivy Tech and Indiana University Southeast.

Gribbins says she wants her daughter's senseless death to serve as a cautionary tale, showing how drug abuse can tear families apart.

"There's more and more kids getting killed over needless and senseless things," said Gribbins. "No parent should have to go through the loss of a child this way."

Williamson is being held a $500,000 cash bond. 

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