Steve Nunn

Response asks that Nunn's daughter remain a defendant in civil suit

Former state Rep. Steve Nunn's daughter has asked to be removed as a defendant from a civil wrongful death lawsuit filed by Diana Ross, the mother of Amanda Ross, but Diana Ross's attorneys have filed a response arguing against it.

Mary Nunn asked to be dismissed from the lawsuit in December, arguing that under Kentucky law, the case would have to be brought in the county where she lives or where "the injury is done." Mary Nunn said in an affidavit that she is a resident of Bowling Green.

In their response to Mary Nunn's motion to have the case dismissed for improper venue, Diana Ross's attorneys argue that Fayette Circuit Court is the proper place for the case to be handled, in part because the claim against Mary Nunn is "incidental to the action against Defendant Nunn that created Ms. Ross' status as a creditor."

They say their claim against Mary Nunn is "transitory," and under state law, such actions can be filed in the county where any defendant lives or is summoned. Steve Nunn lives in Fayette County and was summoned here, the motion states.

Diana Ross had Mary Nunn added as a defendant in the civil suit in December, alleging that Steve Nunn fraudulently transferred personal property and real estate to his attorneys and Mary Nunn.

Nunn transferred the deed to his home at 136 Fairway Place in Glasgow to his defense firm, The Scoville Law Firm PLLC, on Oct. 16 as payment for "non-refundable attorney fees" to represent him in the death of Ross, the deed states.

The home sold at auction for $170,000, but the money is being held in escrow, as specified in an agreed order for injunctive relief filed in November. Steve Nunn's attorney, Warren Scoville, has asked the court to release the money to pay Nunn's legal bills.