Family member of slain grandmother arrested

Deputies say Cory Steplight fired shots at 4 people, fled

By Anna Johnson - Digital Journalist

ORLANDO, Fla. - A family member of the grandmother who was shot to death in her home Saturday has been arrested, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives with the Orange County Sheriff's Office Homicide Unit reported that Cory Steplight, 25, has been arrested and booked into the Orange County Jail, deputies said.

Deputies said Cory Steplight was involved in an argument with Billy Desrosiers and subsequently shot at him. Desrosiers has already been arrested.

On Monday, deputies said Desrosiers confessed to pulling up to the Steplights' home on 24th Street in Orlando and shooting into it, killing 83-year-old Ruby Steplight and injuring her 14-year-old granddaughter. Desrosiers said he was enraged after fighting both verbally and physically with Corey Steplight over money, according to authorities.

Deputies said that, after the argument, Cory Steplight fired at the four people outside the home, including Desrosiers, and then fled the scene.

Then, Desrosiers said, he walked into the home and "was about to kill Ruby Steplight's granddaughter, but decided she was too young to die and shot Ruby Steplight instead," according to his arrest report.

Ruby Steplight was pronounced dead at the scene. The 14-year-old girl suffered a gunshot wound to the leg.

Desrosiers has been charged with first-degree murder with a firearm.

Deputies said Cory Steplight has been charged with attempted murder.

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