Politics & Government

Arrest warrant: Kentucky's Nunn said he 'wanted revenge'

MUNFORDVILLE, Ky. — Former state Rep. Steve Nunn told Kentucky state police hours after his former fiancee was shot to death that he "was at the end of his rope and wanted revenge" because of a domestic violence dispute with the woman, according to arrest records filed in Hart County.

Nunn also relayed his feelings in a seven-page letter in which he used "derogatory terms" in reference to Amanda Ross,his former fiancee, according to an arrest warrant.

Nunn, 56, was charged late Monday with murder in Ross' slaying. He also was charged with violation of a protective order.

Nunn's attorney, Astrida Lemkins, said the charges — the murder charge coupled with the charge of violating the protective order — could potentially result in the death-penalty for a man who was long one of the state's most prominent Republicans, son of a Republican governor, a gubernatorial candidate himself and a former state cabinet member and member of the legislature.

The warrants for Nunn's arrest were served by Kentucky State Police on Monday night at the Hart County jail, where Nunn was being held on six charges of wanton endangerment of a police officer in Hart County for allegedly firing a gun near police officers. Vice-Chief Regional District Judge Derek Reed had set Nunn's bond at $57,000 for those charges, and police in Lexington, Ky., where Ross was killed, were concerned he'd make bond and be released.

Ross, 29, was found lying in the back corner of the parking lot at 6:36 a.m. Friday at Opera House Square Townhomes, 541 West Short Street. She died later that morning at University of Kentucky Medical Center.

Nunn, the son of former Gov. Louie B. Nunn, had been in The Medical Center at Bowling Green since Friday, when police found him in a Hart County cemetery with his wrists slit just hours after Ross was shot to death.

Nunn told police at the cemetery and in the ambulance to the hospital "that he was sorry for not completing the job," Lexington police Detective Todd Iddings wrote in the criminal complaint against Nunn. Nunn also "spoke of revenge and going to the penitentiary," Iddings wrote.

During an interview with state troopers at The Medical Center, Nunn said his domestic violence dispute with Ross caused him to lose his job and his money, the complaint states. Nunn said he hadn't been able to find a job and had become a burden to his family.

But when troopers asked Nunn directly whether he killed Ross, "he either evaded answering the question or advised that he did not want to answer that question," Iddings wrote in the complaint.

According to the complaint, preliminary ballistics tests showed that bullets recovered from Ross's body were .38 special caliber. The handgun Nunn had at the cemetery was a five-shot .38 special revolver, the complaint states.

Officers also recovered a seven-page letter in the car Nunn was driving — which police said belonged to one of his daughters — that addressed Nunn's legal issues with Ross and the subsequent problems the situation caused, Iddings wrote in the complaint. The letter also mentions revenge and speaks of Ross in derogatory terms, the complaint states.

Read the full story at Kentucky.com.

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