2012 News Releases

Oak Valley woman pleads guilty to second-degree intentional murder

Release Date: Jun 12, 2012

HOWARD – (June 12, 2012) – An Oak Valley woman pleaded guilty today to second-degree intentional murder, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Amber Bright, 29, entered the plea in Elk County District Court before Judge David A. Ricke. Sentencing was scheduled for July 23 at 11 a.m. The murder occurred on November 17, 2011, in Elk County when the defendant was involved in the killing of Gordon Scott Smith. Last month, Bright’s co‑defendant Kansas Sundown Campbell also pleaded guilty to second-degree intentional murder.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Lee Davidson from Schmidt’s office. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the sheriff’s offices of Elk, Wilson, and Montgomery counties investigated the crime.

Photo courtesy of Elk County Sheriff’s Office.

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