Steve Nunn

Fayette commonwealth’s attorney’s office asks for examination of Nunn

Steve Nunn appeared in court Thursday, Aug. 19, for a hearing. Nunn is charged with murder in the killing of his former fiancee, Amanda Ross.
Steve Nunn appeared in court Thursday, Aug. 19, for a hearing. Nunn is charged with murder in the killing of his former fiancee, Amanda Ross.

The Fayette commonwealth’s attorney’s office wants murder defendant Steve Nunn to be examined at the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center at La Grange.

Nunn, a former state lawmaker and the son of former Kentucky governor Louie Nunn, is accused of fatally shooting his former fiancée, Amanda Ross, 29, outside her Lexington home Sept. 11, 2009.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson this week asked Fayette Circuit Court to order Nunn to submit to the psychiatric evaluation.

The prosecutor’s office also asked the court to order Nunn to provide the prosecution’s psychiatric expert with copies of all records reviewed or considered by Nunn’s own expert in an evaluation of Nunn.

In late December, Nunn’s attorneys notified the court that they intended to use expert testimony and other evidence of mental and/or emotional problems during Nunn’s murder trial, which is set to start Aug. 1.

Defense attorney Mark Stanziano of Somerset, who has handled more than a dozen death penalty cases, said after Nunn’s attorneys made their notification that the notification did not necessarily mean the defense would introduce expert testimony and other evidence of a mental or emotional condition at the trial.

He said the attorneys were required under state law and rules of criminal procedure to file such a notice in order to be allowed to bring forward such proof during the trial.

Nunn is lodged without bond on the murder charge in the Fayette County Detention Center.

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