Former Kentucky Lawmaker Held Liable in Wrongful Death Suit

By BRETT BARROUQUERE | November 15, 2012

A former Kentucky lawmaker serving life in prison for killing his one-time fiancee has been found liable in a wrongful death civil lawsuit filed by the victim’s mother.

The decision last month by Fayette Circuit Judge James Ishmael clears the way for the family of 29-year-old Amanda Ross to obtain damages from 60-year-old Stephen R. Nunn. Nunn pleaded guilty to murder in June 2011 for shooting and killing Ross outside her Lexington townhome after the two ended their engagement.

Ishmael set a trial on damages for Aug. 12, 2013.

Nunn is the son of former Kentucky Gov. Louie B. Nunn.

He is lodged in Green River Correctional Complex in Muhlenberg County and does not have an attorney on file. His former attorney was allowed to withdraw as his counsel in May, saying Nunn was unable to pay his attorney fees.

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