Evidence about Steve Nunn and prostitutes to be part of his trial

Judge will allow evidence he used an online service

jhewlett@herald-leader.comJune 3, 2011 


Steve Nunn, shown at a court hearing in August 2010, pleaded guilty to murder in the 2009 death of his former fiancée.


Evidence indicating former state lawmaker Steve Nunn engaged the services of prostitutes less than a week before he is alleged to have killed his former fiancée will be allowed at his murder trial, Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine ruled Thursday.

The judge said prosecution evidence showing contacts between Nunn and women from an online service in August and September 2009, just before the Sept. 11, 2009, shooting death of 29-year-old Amanda Ross, was relevant to the case.

Goodwine said it appeared that one encounter occurred three days before Ross was killed.

Defense attorneys had sought to have information about the online service excluded from the trial, which is set to begin Aug. 1.

Goodwine's ruling came during a status hearing in Nunn's case. The judge and attorneys on both sides discussed several issues for about 21/2 hours.

Prosecutors said they agreed with defense motions to exclude from the trial testimony and evidence about Nunn's relationship with his father, former Kentucky Gov. Louie Nunn, as well as motions to exclude testimony and evidence about Steve Nunn's relationship with his sister, Jennie Lou Nunn Penn, and his former wife, Martha Lu Nunn. Goodwine also said that prosecutors have said they do not intend to introduce relationships Nunn had with other women before his relationship with Ross began.

Nunn attended Thursday's hearing in a pinstripe suit and leg shackles. His hands were free.

Another status hearing was set for June 21.

Reach Jennifer Hewlett at (859) 231-3308 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 3308.

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