Stumbo will push changes to domestic violence laws in honor of Amanda Ross

vhoneycutt@herald-leader.comSeptember 16, 2009 

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo pledged Wednesday to propose legislation in coming months that would allow a judge to require those with a domestic violence order against them to wear an ankle bracelet that tracks their whereabouts.

Stumbo said he will name the legislation after Amanda Ross, the Lexington woman allegedly slain by former state Rep. Steve Nunn on Friday.

"No other state has ever done that," Stumbo said in an interview after Ross' funeral Wednesday afternoon. He is a friend of the Ross family.

During the funeral, Ross family friend Dale Emmons, a political consultant, implored the audience of several hundred to support Stumbo's legislative effort.

"In the spirit of Amanda's political activism, we are presented with a unique opportunity," Emmons said. "We should work to immediately improve public law providing new and innovative protection of other victims of domestic abuse and violence."

In March, Ross had requested and received a domestic violence order of protection against Nunn, a former Republican gubernatorial candidate and son of former Gov. Louie B. Nunn.

Ross, 29, accused Nunn of striking her four times in the face and throwing her against a hallway lamp during a February argument. She said he then threw a cup of bourbon in her face.

Nunn acknowledged hitting Ross, but said he did so in self-defense.

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

Police found Nunn several hours later with slit wrists in the Hart County cemetery where his parents are buried.

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