Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

December 8, 2010

Nunn case delayed in Hart County

By GINA KINSLOW
Glasgow Daily Times

MUNFORDVILLE — The case of a former state lawmaker charged with six counts of first-degree wanton endangerment involving law enforcement officers was passed for review to May on Tuesday in Hart County Circuit Court.

Steve Nunn, 57, an ex-legislator from Glasgow and the son of former Gov. Louie B. Nunn, is accused in Hart County of discharging a gun in the Cosby United Methodist Church Cemetery in rural Hart County on Sept. 11, 2009, while Kentucky State troopers and Barren County Sheriff’s deputies were nearby.

Nunn did not appear in court.

He has a trial in Fayette County scheduled for Aug. 1, 2011, on a murder charge. He is accused in the shooting death of his former fiancee, 29-year-old Amanda Ross in Lexington.

 Louis Crawford, assistant commonwealth’s attorney for Hart County, approached Judge Charles C. Simms III’s bench and asked that the case be passed for review. The court proceeding is scheduled to take place May 3, 2011.

“We passed it for review in May. We want to take a look at what’s going on with the Fayette County case. That’s all I can say,” Crawford said.

He did not wish to speak further about the case because Terry Geoghegan, commonwealth’s attorney for Hart, Larue and Nelson counties, is handling the Nunn case.

Nunn was taken into custody near the graves of his parents, Louie and Beula Nunn, shortly after the Sept. 11, 2009, shooting and transported to The Medical Center in Bowling Green for the treatment of self-inflicted cuts to his wrists. He was later arrested on the wanton endangerment charges and lodged in the Hart County Jail before being transferred to Fayette County where he is still in custody awaiting trial.

He is accused of shooting and killing Ross outside her downtown Lexington home during the early morning hours of Sept. 11, 2009.

Nunn, who was serving as a deputy secretary of Health and Human Services, at the time of the shooting, could face the death penalty in the murder case. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In October, Fayette County Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine gave defense attorneys until Dec. 31 to file a notice of mental illness. In April, Nunn was found competent to stand trial.