Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Steve Nunn Coverage

October 20, 2009

Nunn retains Warren Scoville as defense attorney

No word on grand jury action Tuesday

FRANKFORT — Steve Nunn, the former legislator and one-time gubernatorial candidate charged in the shooting death of his former fiancee, has retained a new defense attorney.

Warren Scoville, a longtime friend of the Nunn family from London, confirmed Tuesday he’s been “retained by the Nunn family.”

“I have been retained to assemble a defense team for Mr. Steve Nunn,” Scoville said by telephone from his London office. “I will be entering a notice of appearance in court Wednesday.”

Scoville said Astrida Lemkins, the attorney who has represented Nunn since he was charged with the murder of 29-year-old Amanda Ross, will no longer be part of Nunn’s defense team. Lemkins did not return a message left with the receptionist at her office seeking comment.

Lemkins had never tried a capital offense case, something Scoville has done.

Last Friday, a deed was entered in the Barren County Clerk’s office transferring ownership of Nunn’s house and lot in Country Club Estates in Glasgow to The Scoville Firm, LLC. The property is valued at $200,000.

“I am being paid by a transfer of his property in Glasgow to my law firm,” Scoville said. “I have been hired by the family and that is the way I’m being paid.”

Ross was found shot outside her Lexington townhouse early on the morning of Sept. 11. She was pronounced dead a short time later at the University of Kentucky Hospital. A few hours later, Nunn as found with his wrists cut in the Hart County cemetery where his parents, former Gov. Louie B. Nunn and his wife, Beula, are buried.

After receiving treatment for his wounds at the Bowling Green Medical Center, Nunn was charged with six counts of wanton endangerment for allegedly brandishing a gun at officers at the cemetery and lodged in the Hart County Jail. He was later charged with Ross’ death and transferred to Lexington.

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Steve Nunn Coverage
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  • Nunn case delayed in Hart County

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    December 8, 2010

  • Judge sets August 2011 trial for Steve Nunn

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    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

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    December 18, 2009 1 Photo