Prosecutor in Hart County drops charges against Steve Nunn

kward1@herald-leader.comAugust 16, 2011 

A Hart County wanton endangerment case against Steve Nunn, who pleaded guilty in June to murdering his former fiancée, has been dropped.

Nunn shot and killed Amanda Ross in Lexington on Sept. 11, 2009, then traveled to a Hart County cemetery, where six police officers said he fired a handgun into the air when they approached him.

He had been charged with six counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

Hart County Commonwealth's Attorney Terry Geoghegan said those charges were dismissed without prejudice on Friday.

Nunn was sentenced in Fayette Circuit Court to life in prison without the possibility of parole, so continuing the wanton endangerment case would have been duplicative, Geoghegan said.

However, if Nunn's circumstances were to change, he could find himself facing the wanton endangerment charges again.

Because the case was dismissed without prejudice, state police could choose to bring the charges back before a grand jury, Geoghegan said.

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