Judge to decide on whether writings should be allowed in Steve Nunn's murder trial

jhewlett@herald-leader.comJune 22, 2011 

Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine is trying to decide whether jurors in the murder trial of former state lawmaker Steve Nunn should get to see documents found in the car that authorities say Nunn was driving just before his arrest.

The writings include a handwritten document that sets forth a version of events and trial preparation regarding a February 2009 assault charge against Nunn.

Also found in the car, according to prosecutors, was a typewritten letter to Diana Ross, the mother of Amanda Ross, whom Nunn is alleged to have shot to death Sept. 11, 2009, outside her home in Lexington. The letter, which begins "Dear Diana," alleges relationships between Amanda Ross, who at one time was engaged to Nunn, and other people besides Nunn.

Another handwritten document found in the car contains a definition and description of narcissism.

In a hearing Tuesday, prosecutors argued against allowing jurors to see the writings. Defense attorneys argued for allowing the documents to be presented during the trial, saying they reflect Nunn's state of mind at the time Amanda Ross was killed.

Attorneys involved in the case also argued about whether Amanda Ross's drug use was pertinent to the case. An autopsy showed that Ross had used cocaine, according to Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Lou Anna Red Corn.

Nunn, the son of former Kentucky Gov. Louie B. Nunn, is scheduled to go on trial Aug. 1.

Several hundred potential jurors are expected to be considered before a jury panel of 14 is selected to hear the case.

Nunn, 58, could face a death sentence if he is convicted of killing Ross.

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

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