Steve Nunn

Nunn remains in Hart jail; prosecutors discuss moving him to Lexington

Former state Rep. Steve Nunn remained in the Hart County jail on Wednesday, and prosecutors are in talks to determine when Nunn will be moved to Lexington to be arraigned on charges in the slaying of his ex-fiancée, Amanda Ross.

Nunn, 56, has been held at the Hart County jail since Monday, when he was charged with six counts of wanton endangerment for allegedly firing a .38-caliber pistol near police officers at the Hart County cemetery, where they found him with his wrists slit. Nunn is scheduled to be arraigned Monday. His bond was set at $57,000 for those charges.

Later Monday, Lexington police obtained an arrest warrant charging Nunn with murder and violation of a protective order — a charge that stems from an emergency protective order Ross obtained earlier this year.

Ross, 29, was found lying in the back corner of the parking lot at 6:36 a.m. Friday at Opera House Square Town Homes, 541 West Short Street. She died later that morning at University of Kentucky Medical Center.

The Lexington charges placed a holder on Nunn so he could not leave the jail even if he posted bond.

Hart County Jailer Keith Riordan said that, as of Wednesday morning, he had not received word on when Nunn might be moved to Lexington.

Riordan said it’s possible that prosecutors will decide to pursue the more serious charges in Lexington before prosecuting Nunn in Hart County.

Legally, the wanton endangerment charges take priority because they were filed first, said Brian Mattone, first assistant Fayette County attorney.

Mattone said he and Hart County authorities have discussed since Tuesday when Nunn will face the Lexington charges.

“It’s something that is certainly in the workings but has not been finalized,” Mattone said.

Mattone said they would continue those discussions Wednesday.

Riordan said Nunn is doing well in jail, though he complained of being cold. Nunn is in an isolation cell because he tried to harm himself before he was arrested, and prisoners in those cells don’t get blankets.

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