Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Steve Nunn Coverage

September 27, 2009

Request made for DNA

LEXINGTON — Steve Nunn, the former legislator and one-time gubernatorial candidate charged with the murder of his ex-fiancée, waived his right Friday to a preliminary hearing, sending the case to a Fayette County grand jury.

Nunn, 56, appeared by video from the Lexington Jail as his attorney, Astrida Lemkins, told Fayette District Judge Julie Goodman, “Your honor, we waive this hearing to the grand jury.”

Nunn’s only statement was to answer Goodman when she asked whether he could see Lemkins.

“Yes, ma’am, I can,” Nunn responded.

Nunn is charged with the shooting death of Amanda Ross, 29, who was found with multiple gunshot wounds outside her Lexington townhouse on Sept. 11. She was pronounced dead a short time later at the University of Kentucky Hospital. Later that day, Kentucky State Police and the Barren County Sheriff’s Department found Nunn with a gun and his wrists cut hiding in the small Hart County cemetery where his parents, former Gov. Louie B. Nunn and Beula Nunn are buried.

In March, a Fayette District Judge placed Nunn under a domestic violence order after Ross accused him of hitting her several times in the face during an altercation at her home. Kentucky law allows prosecutors to seek the death penalty if a person placed under a DVO is convicted of murder of the person who sought the order.

Several family members, including the victim’s mother Diana Ross, and friends of the family, filled the first four rows in the courtroom gallery Friday. Several wore badges with Amanda Ross’ photograph.

Nunn appeared unshaven and wore standard jail clothing. He did not speak except when telling Goodman he could see his attorney.

The prosecution filed a motion seeking a DNA sample from Nunn citing the need to determine the source of blood on items in evidence. The hearing will also consider whether Nunn will undergo psychological evaluation.

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Steve Nunn Coverage
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  • Judge to decide relevance of Nunn's writings

    LEXINGTON — A judge is weighing whether jurors in the upcoming murder trial of a former state lawmaker may see a batch of writings seized from his car after his arrest on a charge of killing his one-time fiancée.

    June 22, 2011

  • Nunn case delayed in Hart County

    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.

    December 8, 2010

  • Judge sets August 2011 trial for Steve Nunn

    A judge on Friday set an August 2011 trial date for a former state lawmaker charged with murder in the death of his ex-fiancee.

    October 12, 2010

  • Judge: Nunn’s hard drive can be searched

     A judge ruled Tuesday that prosecutors in the case of a former state lawmaker charged with killing his ex-fiancee can continue to search a computer hard drive that authorities say contained child pornography.

    September 29, 2010

  • Judge denies motion in Nunn case

    A Fayette circuit judge denied a motion by Steve Nunn’s defense attorneys Thursday to exclude consideration of the death penalty in his trial on charges he shot and killed his former fiancée.

    August 20, 2010

  • Nunn attorneys argue computer evidence

    Attorneys for a former Kentucky lawmaker accused of killing his ex-fiancee argued Thursday that child pornography and other evidence found on a computer hard drive should be disallowed because it was obtained through an improper police search.

    July 9, 2010

  • Hearing set on contents of box

    A judge has set a July hearing to determine whether an external hard drive belonging to a former lawmaker charged with murder can be searched.

    June 13, 2010

  • Nunn found competent to stand trial

    Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine ruled Monday that former state Rep. Steve Nunn is competent to stand trial for murder in the death of his former fiancée, Amanda Ross.

    April 6, 2010

  • Nunn ordered to undergo pyschiatric evaluation Nunn ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation A Fayette circuit judge ordered former lawmaker Steve Nunn to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine if he’s competent to assist his attorneys in his defense on murder charges.

    December 18, 2009 1 Photo