LEXINGTON, Ky. — Prosecutors will seek the death penalty in the murder case against former state Rep. Steve Nunn, who is accused of shooting his ex-fiancee, Amanda Ross, last year.
Fayette County Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson said his office had "filed a notice of aggravating circumstance and notice of intent to seek the death penalty in the Nunn case."
Larson declined to comment Tuesday night on the decision to seek the death penalty against Nunn.
Nunn, 57, was indicted in November on charges of murder and violating a domestic violence order of protection that Ross had received against him earlier last year.
The violation of the protective order is the "aggravating circumstance" that allows prosecutors to seek the death penalty.
Nunn has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Attempts to reach Nunn's attorney, Warren Scoville, were unsuccessful Tuesday night.
Ross's mother, Diana Ross, declined to comment on the development, saying that she did not want to say or do anything that could hinder the case against Nunn.
Amanda Ross, 29, was Nunn's former fiancee. She was found shot in front of her townhouse in downtown Lexington on Sept. 11.
Nunn was found hours after her death in the Hart County cemetery where his mother and father, former Gov. Louie B. Nunn, are buried. He had slit his wrists, and, according to court documents, he fired a handgun when officers arrived and asked him to put the gun down.
Nunn, who's being held in the Fayette County Detention Center, has been found competent to stand trial.
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