Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Steve Nunn Coverage

October 13, 2009

Nunn evaluation halted; he'll be returned to Lexington

His attorney may appeal decision

LEXINGTON — Steve Nunn’s psychiatric evaluation will be halted and the former legislator charged with the murder of his one-time fiancé will be returned to the Fayette County Detention Center.

Nunn, 56, is charged with the shooting death of 29-year-old Amanda Ross outside her Lexington townhouse on Sept. 11. Nunn had previously been placed under a domestic violence order after Ross charged he’d punched her in the face, an aggravating circumstance that allows prosecutors to seek the death penalty. Nunn has not yet been indicted and had been sent to the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center in LaGrange after his attorney and prosecutors entered an agreed order to have the evaluation.

But Commonwealth Attorney Ray Larson filed a motion to set aside the order and Fayette Circuit Judge Tom Clark granted the request Friday over the objections of Nunn’s attorney Astrida Lemkins.

In his motion, Larson argued that without an indictment on a specific charge the evaluation can’t determine if Nunn is criminally responsible. Lemkins argued in court Friday that Nunn has been charged – although not yet indicted – with murder and any additional lesser charges wouldn’t matter.

Later Lemkins said there might be another reason Larson wanted to halt the evaluation – to avoid handing over evidence during the evaluation. And Larson hinted that the prosecution may have come upon new evidence since he agreed to the order.

“As this investigation has continued, we have discovered that the investigative material is becoming pretty voluminous,” Larson told Clark. “And now we believe the order we and Ms. Lemkins sought and obtained was premature.”

In the end, Clark agreed.

“I’m being asked to clarify an order that’s already submitted to the court,” said Clark. “It’s obvious at this point the parties are not in agreement, correct?”

“Correct,” Lemkins answered.

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