Former state legislator charged after ex-fiancee found fatally shot

Amanda Ross (Source: Ross family)
Amanda Ross (Source: Ross family)
Steve Nunn (Source:
Steve Nunn (Source:

By Lindsay English - bio | email
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LEXINGTON, KY (WAVE) - Steve Nunn, who once served as a Kentucky state legislator, is in state police custody after his ex-fiancée was found shot to death in Lexington. Nunn is the son of one-time Kentucky Gov. Louie Nunn.

Around 6:30 a.m. Friday, Lexington Police found the body of 29-year-old Amanda Ross in the parking lot of her downtown townhome near the Lexington Center complex. She had been fatally shot.

Police began searching for Nunn - a former Kentucky state representative from Glasgow - and located him at a Bowling Green cemetery.

Kentucky State Police Lt. David Jude says Nunn, 56, was found at the Cosby United Methodist Church cemetery near the Barren County line. Nunn's family members are buried there, and it's only a few miles from where he grew up.

"Troopers and detectives observed what appeared to be self-inflicted wounds to his body that appeared to be non-life-threatening. Troopers say he had wounds on his wrists."

"Obviously, he was in pain because of his injuries," said KSP Detective Jonathan Biven. "Other than that, we didn't get to question him."

State police are charging Nunn with six counts of wanton endangerment for his conduct when police discovered him at the cemetery.

Jude tells WAVE 3 that KSP is working with Lexington Police to determine if Nunn has any connection with the murder of Ross, a division director with the Kentucky Department of Insurance.

Investigators from the Lexington Police Department seized Nunn's car and other evidence for processing Friday afternoon.

Nunn was taken to the Medical Center in Bowling Green. Although he wasn't immediately arrested, troopers were on standby at the hospital.

Nunn was an unsuccessful GOP candidate for governor in 2003 and lost a re-election for his Kentucky House seat in 2006 after serving in the legislature for 15 years. His father, Louie B. Nunn, was Kentucky governor from 1967 to 1971.

Earlier this year, Nunn resigned as deputy secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services after his arrest on assault and criminal mischief charges which involved Ross. At the time of his resignation, Gov. Steve Beshear's office said it was because Nunn did not want the charges to be a distraction.

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