Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Steve Nunn Coverage

December 4, 2009

Nunn attorney says he may have to withdraw

LEXINGTON — The attorney for Steve Nunn, the former lawmaker accused of murder in the death of his one-time fiancée Amanda Ross, said in a civil hearing Friday he may have to withdraw as Nunn’s attorney if the judge won’t release funds from an escrow account to pay his legal expenses.

Warren Scoville told Fayette Circuit Judge James Ishmael that if $137,000 net proceeds from the sale of Nunn’s Glasgow home are not released to pay Scoville’s fees and expenses, he may have to withdraw from case.

“Everybody’s entitled to hire a lawyer and frankly the way we’re going, we’ll have to withdraw,” Scoville said. “If (the money) is not released, I just can’t go forward.”

Nunn, 57, is accused of shooting to death the 29-year-old Ross outside her Lexington townhouse on Sept. 11. He transferred his home in Glasgow to the Scoville Law Firm to pay his legal expenses, but the Ross family filed a wrongful death civil suit against Nunn. When Scoville put the property up for sale by auction, Ross’ mother Diana Ross got a court order to have any proceeds placed in escrow and subsequently claimed Nunn fraudulently transferred the property to Scoville in part to protect it from the civil suit.

This week, Ross amended the complaint to name Scoville and Nunn’s oldest daughter, Mary Nunn, as defendants, alleging Nunn improperly transferred personal property to his daughter.

Lucy Pett, of Stohl, Keenon Ogden which represents the Ross family in the civil suit, told Ishmael Nunn has a state retirement account estimated in value of more than $500,000 which is immune from the suit by statute and Nunn chose to convey the home in Glasgow to protect it from the Ross family. (That figure is based on actuarial tables and the assumption Nunn doesn’t access it until retirement age of 62. He would face a penalty if he began drawing it sooner.)

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Steve Nunn Coverage
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    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