Judge: Nunn competent to stand trial

ex-Legislator capable of aiding in his defense, State Psychiatrist testifies

jkegley@herald-leader.comApril 6, 2010 

Former state Rep. Steve Nunn has been found competent to stand trial in the shooting death of Amanda Ross, his former fiancée.

Nunn, 57, underwent court-ordered testing Jan. 25 to Feb. 17 at the Kentucky Psychiatric Correctional Center in La Grange, Dr. Amy J. Trivette, a psychiatrist at the center, said during a competency hearing Monday in Fayette Circuit Court.

Nunn did not appear in court for the hearing. Trivette, who spoke to the court via phone, was the only witness.

"It is my opinion, with a reasonable degree of medical certainty, that Mr. Nunn does have the capacity to appreciate the nature and consequences of the proceedings against him, and that he does have an ability to participate rationally in his own defense," Trivette told the court.

Ross, 29, was shot to death Sept. 11 in the parking lot of her townhouse in Lexington. Ross had filed a restraining order against Nunn.

In December, London attorney Warren Scoville, who is representing Nunn, said in a motion filed in Fayette Circuit Court that due to the conditions of Nunn's incarceration, "his physical and mental health have deteriorated" and he was unable to assist "in the preparation of his defense."

Trivette said Nunn had been "very cooperative" with medical doctors, social workers, psychiatrists and neuro-psychologists at KCPC.

"I have no reason to believe he wouldn't be able to do that with Mr. Scoville," Trivette said.

At the request of Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Lou Ann Red Corn, Trivette did not reveal specifics about Nunn's evaluation. A written report of the findings was entered into evidence under seal.

Several members of Ross's family, who wore badges with pictures of Ross, declined comment after the hearing.

The commonwealth's attorney's office will file a new motion in the case April 16.

Red Corn and Scoville both declined comment after the hearing.

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