FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Shortly after taking out a protective order against her ex-fiance in February, Amanda Ross told family and friends that she didn't want former state Rep. Steve Nunn to lose his high-profile state job -- she just wanted him to get help.
Ross, 29, was shot outside her Lexington home on Sept. 11.
Nunn, who resigned from his job as the deputy secretary for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services in March because of the February 17 fight with Ross, has been charged with her murder. He has pleaded not guilty.
In e-mails to family and friends, including Nunn's daughter, Ross said that she decided to seek protection from the court after Nunn's behavior became increasingly violent and erratic.
"If I didn't report it this time, I would be where I was and it was only escalating," Ross wrote in a Feb. 28 e-mail to a friend. "I hate that personal matters were made public, but I was scared. And still am. I appreciate your note. I just hope that this does not get any worse. I only have good intentions of preventing it from happening to his next girlfriend and getting him the help he needs and most of all to protect myself."
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