Steve Nunn

Mental evaluation ordered for Nunn

A Fayette Circuit judge ordered Friday that former state Rep. Steve Nunn undergo a mental evaluation to determine whether he is competent to assist in his own defense.

Nunn will be taken to the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center in La Grange for the evaluation. Judge Pamela Goodwine said the evaluation should take place as soon as possible. After the review, results will be available in four to six weeks.

Nunn, 57, is accused of killing his former fiancée, Amanda Ross, 29, who was shot to death Sept. 11 outside her home in downtown Lexington. Nunn has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and violating an emergency protective order.

London attorney Warren Scoville, who represents Nunn, requested in a motion filed Monday that his client undergo a mental evaluation. According to the motion, Nunn's "physical and mental health have deteriorated to a point that he is unable at this time to assist in the preparation of his defense."

Scoville declined to elaborate on Nunn's mental health during Friday's proceedings.

"I think there are health issues that are private and should remain so," he said.

The commonwealth's attorney's office did not oppose Scoville's motion, according to court filings.

In September, Fayette District Judge Julie Muth Goodman ordered that Nunn be evaluated in the Fayette County jail by Bluegrass Comprehensive Care.

Nunn was then transferred to the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center for a 30-day psychiatric evaluation, but Fayette Circuit Judge Thomas Clark set aside the district court decision and ordered Nunn to be returned to the Fayette County jail.

Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson had filed a motion to stop that evaluation because he said it was premature.

Nunn also is the defendant in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Ross's mother, Diana.

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