Politics & Government

Former Kentucky lawmaker indicted on murder charges

Former Kentucky GOP state Rep. Steve Nunn has been indicted on charges that he killed his former fiancee, Amanda Ross, and violated a domestic violence protection order she had received against him.

A Fayette County grand jury handed down the indictment Tuesday afternoon.

Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson declined to comment after the indictment was made public. Mary Nunn, a daughter of Steve Nunn who appeared before the grand jury earlier Tuesday, also declined to comment.

Ross, 29, was found shot the morning of Sept. 11 in front of her Opera House Square town house in downtown Lexington. She died later that morning at University of Kentucky Medical Center.

Nunn, 56, was charged with Ross' murder four days later. He was also charged with violating the domestic violence protection order Ross received against him earlier this year. He pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Hours after Ross' death, police discovered Nunn, the son of former Gov. Louie B. Nunn, with his wrists slit in the Hart County cemetery where his parents are buried.

According to court documents, officers saw Nunn with a handgun when they arrived at the Hart County cemetery. They asked him to put down the gun, but it was fired in the area where the officers were standing.

Nunn was charged with six counts of wanton endangerment of a police officer. He was indicted on those charges last week by a Hart County grand jury.

Nunn is being held in the Fayette County jail. He has declined requests for comment.

Lexington police have traced Nunn's digital footprints as part of their investigation into Ross' death. Officers are investigating whether Nunn kept a photo of a naked Ross on his cell phone, as witnesses have alleged, according to 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. Nunn allegedly had fliers meant for distribution that depicted Nunn naked and had "insulting verbiage," according to a search warrant affidavit.

Police are also checking for child pornography on Nunn's computers, according to another search warrant affidavit.

Ross' slaying has also prompted action in the Kentucky legislature.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, a Prestonsburg Democrat, pre-filed legislation called "Amanda's Bill" less than two weeks after Ross was killed. The proposal would allow judges to order electronic monitoring devices for the most dangerous domestic violence offenders.

Ross, who received a domestic violence protection order against Nunn in March, had told friends and co-workers that she feared for her life in the days before her death.

Read more at Kentucky.com

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