Steve Nunn

Mental evaluation ordered for Nunn

A Fayette District Court judge has ordered a psychiatric evaluation of former state Rep. Steve Nunn.

Nunn is accused of killing his former fiancée, Amanda Ross, on Sept. 11 outside her home.

Fayette District Judge Julie Muth Goodman ordered Tuesday that Nunn be evaluated at Bluegrass Comprehensive Care. The evaluation will be done at the Fayette County jail, where he is being held.

Prosecutors and Astrida Lemkins, Nunn’s attorney, agreed to request the evaluation.

Nunn is charged with murder and violation of a domestic-violence protection order. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The case has been sent to the grand jury for consideration.

Nunn was not in court for Tuesday’s hearing.

There has been an increased security presence at Nunn’s court proceedings, which have attracted many media outlets. Sheriff’s deputies have escorted Lemkins and Ross’s friends and family into and out of the courtroom.

Jennifer Miller, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, said her office adjusts its staffing according to the courtroom schedule.

“We change according to what the needs are on a daily basis,” she said.

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