Steve Nunn

Nunn case goes to grand jury

Former state Rep. Steve Nunn waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday morning, sending his murder case to the grand jury.

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.

Brian Mattone, first assistant Fayette County attorney, said Thursday that his office had reached an agreement with Nunn’s attorney to bypass the preliminary hearing. Arresting officers typically testify at preliminary hearings to help establish probable cause to send the case to the grand jury.

Fayette District Judge Julie Goodman scheduled a hearing in the case for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Nunn appeared in Fayette District Court on Friday through a video feed from the Fayette County jail, where he is being held.

Friends and family of Ross filled at least two rows of the courtroom during the hearing, which lasted less than five minutes. Many of them pinned to their shirts a picture of Ross with “Remember” written underneath.

“We felt that it was important to show the family that we love them and we’re behind them,” said Mary Karen Stumbo, a Ross family friend and wife of House Speaker Greg Stumbo.

The House speaker pre-filed a bill Thursday that would allow judges to order electronic monitoring devices for the most dangerous domestic violence offenders.

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