Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Steve Nunn Coverage

November 9, 2009

Nunn’s digital files probed in ex-fiancee’s death

LEXINGTON — Lexington police are searching the digital files of former state Rep. Steve Nunn as part of their investigation into the slaying of his former fiancee.

Police are checking to see if Nunn kept a naked photo of Amanda Ross on his cell phone as witnesses have alleged, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported, citing court documents. A judge had barred Nunn in July from having any nude photos of Ross as part of a domestic violence order against him.

Police have charged Nunn in the shooting death of Ross, 29, outside her Lexington townhouse on Sept. 11. The case is pending before a grand jury in Fayette County.

Shortly after her death, police collecting evidence in Barren County found fliers depicting Ross naked along with “insulting verbiage,” the newspaper reported, citing an affidavit on a search warrant.

Investigators said in another affidavit that those fliers, found in Barren County, where Nunn had a home, “appeared to be designed for distribution,” the newspaper reported. The document didn’t give the address of the house where the photos were found.

Those documents in the criminal case against Nunn offer new insight into the scope of the investigation. For example, the documents describe how police have sought e-mail and phone records not only to learn more about Nunn and Ross’s troubled relationship but also to see if cell phone tower data could track Nunn’s whereabouts on the day of Ross’s slaying.

Witnesses reported hearing Ross scream “no” in the parking lot outside her townhouse, then heard four to five shots. They saw a man run away, according to court documents.

Hours later, state police found Nunn in a Hart County cemetery where his father, former Republican Gov. Louie B. Nunn, and mother, Beula, are buried. A Hart County grand jury last week indicted Nunn on six counts of wanton endangerment for allegedly waving a gun near the officers.

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Steve Nunn Coverage
  • Nunn receives life without parole

    Steve Nunn, the former lawmaker and candidate for governor accused of the Sept. 11, 2009 murder of his former fiancée, Amanda Ross, pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in Fayette Circuit Court.

    June 29, 2011

  • 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