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Police: Surveillance cameras recorded St. Augustine artist's murder

Rob DePiazza met Jordie Hudson through an exhibit at Space Eight Art Gallery in 2012.

He said her art was as raw as her personality.

“She was an extraordinary artist and she had an impact on everyone she met,” said DePiazza. “She had a larger-than-life personality.”

Hudson’s body was found off County Road 208 Tuesday.

John Branson is accused of killing her. He's being held at the St. Johns County Jail.

New police documents acquired by Action News Jax describe the moments that led up to her death.

The documents say surveillance video showed her and Branson getting into a fight on Cedar Street during the early morning hours of April 9. Those documents also state that Branson stabbed Hudson to death in the street in front of the rolling surveillance camera.

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The documents say nearly three hours later, a man believed to be Branson pulled up with a woman, now believed to be his girlfriend.

The report goes onto say that Branson collected something and put it in the backseat.

It says detectives recovered a steak knife nearby days later.

DePiazza said Hudson battled meningitis. He said doctors said she wasn’t expected to live very long even years ago.

“It was so impressive to see someone so full of life and so close to death,” said DePiazza.

Janelle Thomas is the girlfriend of John Branson. She was charged with accessory after the fact.

We reached out to several businesses to try and acquire the video surveillance from that night. They were unable to share it with us.

Detectives found a steak knife near the scene days later, according to report:

Posted by Action News Jax on Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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