Steve Nunn

Nunn will pass on hearing; case going to grand jury

Former state Rep. Steve Nunn will waive a preliminary hearing in Fayette District Court on Friday, sending his murder case to the grand jury, said Brian Mattone, first assistant Fayette County attorney.

Nunn, 56, pleaded not guilty last week to murder and violation of a protective order in the Sept. 11 shooting death of former fiancée Amanda Ross.

Fayette District Judge Joseph T. Bouvier scheduled Nunn’s preliminary hearing for 8:30 a.m. Friday. But Astrida Lemkins, Nunn’s attorney, and the county attorney’s office reached an agreement Wednesday to waive Nunn’s right to a preliminary hearing and present the case to the Fayette County grand jury, Mattone said.

A preliminary hearing establishes probable cause to send a case to the grand jury. Typically, arresting officers testify.

To formally waive the hearing, Nunn will still appear in court Friday via video feed from the Fayette County jail, where he is being held without bond.

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