Nunn assailant suspect in bomb threats mailed to Lexington

gkocher1@herald-leader.comSeptember 16, 2011 

The man who took former state lawmaker Steve Nunn hostage in June at the Fayette County Detention Center is now believed to have mailed bomb threats to four Lexington addresses over two days, police said.

Marshall Dewayne Williams, now an inmate at the U.S. Penitentiary Big Sandy in Inez, is a suspect in the mailed threats to Bellini's Italian Restaurant, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Keeneland Race Course and an unidentified attorney's office, said Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts.

Bellini's received its alleged threat Thursday, and the others received theirs Friday, Roberts said. All the threats were unfounded and no one was hurt. Roberts didn't know whether Williams had signed the threats or how police came to conclude that Williams is a suspect.

But Williams has made bomb threats before and has mailed letters coated in fake anthrax. Williams is serving a 109-year sentence for a 1984 pipe-bomb killing in Texas. Williams claims he should have been paroled by now.

No charges had been filed as of Friday afternoon, Roberts said.

On June 6, Williams took Nunn hostage. Nunn would be released, Williams said, in exchange for news coverage to explain "the federal conspiracy against him," according to jail records.

Corrections officers disabled Williams with pepper spray. Both he and Nunn were not injured. On June 28, Nunn pleaded guilty to intentional murder with an aggravating circumstance in the Sept. 11, 2009, shooting death of Amanda Ross, his former fiancee.

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