Bond denied for suspect in 2016 murder of Upstate grandmother

Melette Denise Kimbrough

GREENVILLE CO., S.C. (WSPA) – A woman has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a Greenville woman, according to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.

The shooting happened in November 2016.

Melette Denise Kimbrough has been charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime after the killing of Ruby Flamm.

Deputies say 75-year-old Flamm had at least one gunshot wound when she was found dead inside her home on Colonial Avenue around 5 a.m. on Nov. 19.

Kimbrough was denied bond Tuesday night for the murder charge and received a $10,000 bond on a charge for possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

A number of Flamm’s relatives attended the bond hearing, because they say they wanted to show just how much she was loved.

“God says I have to forgive her [Kimbrough] so I forgive her,” said Flamm’s daughter Reverend Mamie Johnson-Howell. “But, I still want to know why she would do that to my mother.”

Relatives were emotional during the hearing and asked why this would happen if Flamm and Kimbrough were friends.

Kimbrough denied she was there when Flamm was killed and claimed that she loved Flamm.

“She [Kimbrough] was a friend of the family, not just my grandma,” said Flamm’s granddaughter Juanita Cummings. “We all took her in. She would buy the kids stuff, the kids loved her, we thought she was a good person so it doesn’t make sense.”

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