Steve Nunn

Chronology of the Steve Nunn case



Steve Nunn and Amanda Ross met when Ross’s father, Terrell Ross, hired Nunn to do consulting work for his financing firm, Ross Sinclaire. Terrell Ross died in October 2006.

September 2007

Nunn and Ross began dating.

March 2008

Nunn moved into Ross’s home in downtown Lexington. He moved out in October, shortly after they were engaged, because the “relationship had deteriorated,” Nunn said.

Feb. 18, 2009

Ross filed a domestic-violence petition that claimed Nunn “hit me four times in my face, broke a lamp, scratched the hallway wall (and was) verbally abusive.” The next day, Nunn was placed on unpaid administrative leave from his state job as deputy secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

March 4, 2009

Nunn resigned his position as deputy secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. A judge ordered Nunn to have no contact with Ross for one year and ordered Nunn not to possess a firearm while the emergency protective order was in effect.

Sept. 9, 2009

Amanda Ross told her supervisor, Department of Insurance Commissioner Sharon Clark, that Nunn was going to kill her.

Sept. 11, 2009

Ross, 29, was found shot to death outside her home at Opera House Square townhouses in downtown Lexington. Hours later, Nunn was arrested at the edge of the Hart County cemetery where his parents are buried. Nunn had slit his wrists after placing mementos on his parents’ graves, officers said.

Sept. 14, 2009

Nunn was charged with murder and violation of a protective order.

Sept. 28, 2009

The family of Ross filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Nunn.October 2009

Greg Stumbo filed a bill, dubbed “Amanda’s Bill,” for the 2010 General Assembly that would allow a court to impose electronic monitoring as a condition of bail for a person charged with domestic violence or violation of a protective order, which orders an alleged assailant to stay away from a victim. Victims of domestic violence would be allowed to wear a device, if they chose, to alert them when the person with the order comes within a certain distance.

Nov. 10, 2009

Nunn was indicted on a murder charge. The grand jury also indicted Nunn for allegedly violating a domestic violence order of protection that Ross had filed against him. The indictment noted the violation was considered an “aggravating circumstance,” allowing Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson to seek the death penalty.

Dec. 14, 2009

Nunn’s attorney Warren Scoville asked that his client undergo a mental evaluation to determine whether he was competent to assist in preparations for his criminal trial. Scoville said in the motion that because of the conditions of Nunn’s incarceration, “his physical and mental health have deteriorated to a point that he is unable at this time to assist in the preparation of his defense.” Judge Pamela Goodwine ruled Dec. 18 that the evaluation should occur as soon as possible. Nunn was evaluated in January at the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center in LaGrange and found competent.

April 6, 2010

Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson said his office had “filed a notice of aggravating circumstance and notice of intent to seek the death penalty in the Nunn case.”

April 14, 2010

The Senate and House voted unanimously to approve “Amanda’s Bill” to allow judges to order electronic monitoring in domestic-violence cases if certain violations of protective orders occur, such as assault, burglary or kidnapping.

Oct. 11, 2010

Goodwine set an August trial date.

March 3, 2011

Nunn was admitted to the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center in LaGrange for a second evaluation.

June 6, 2011

Nunn was placed in protective custody in the Fayette County jail after he allegedly was threatened by another inmate.

June 28, 2011

Nunn pleaded guilty to murder with aggravating circumstances. He was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

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