Amanda Ross

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A former Kentucky lawmaker spending life in prison for the death of his ex-fiancee will get a chance to withdraw his guilty plea.

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A judge in Lexington has ruled that former Kentucky lawmaker Steve Nunn is liable for nearly $24 million in damages in a wrongful death suit brought by the family of his slain ex-fiancee.

Fayette Circuit Judge James Ishmael ruled after a hearing Monday that Nunn is liable for about $3.8 million in damages for funeral and medical expenses, pain and suffering and loss of the ability to earn. Ross family attorney Lucy Pett says Ishmael added another $20 million in punitive damages.

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The mother of the woman former Kentucky lawmaker Steve Nunn was convicted of killing has settled a lawsuit against the gated community in Lexington where the fatal shooting happened in 2009.

One of the attorneys representing Amanda Ross, Perry Bentley, told the Lexington Herald-Leader that Diana Ross, mother of Amanda Ross, and the Opera House Square Townhouse Association reached an out-of-court settlement for undisclosed terms. A trial scheduled to start Monday in Lexington is now canceled.

Nunn Apologizes To Family Of Woman He Killed

May 31, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A former Kentucky lawmaker serving life in prison apologized publicly for the first time Friday to the family of his former fiancee, whom he pleaded guilty to shooting and killing in Lexington four years ago.

During a hearing in Fayette Circuit Court, 60-year-old Stephen R. Nunn didn't directly say he shot 29-year-old Amanda Ross on Sept. 11, 2009, outside her townhouse. But Nunn, making his first public comments since pleading guilty in 2011, noted that Ross's mother, Diana Ross of Lexington, wasn't in the courtroom.

Josh James

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A domestic violence center honoring Amanda Ross, who was killed by former Kentucky lawmaker Steve Nunn, officially opened its doors today. Amanda’s mother, Diana, spoke movingly at a press conference Monday about her daughter’s passing and how her family hoped to turn grief into action.

"I know Amanda would be honored to become the name and the face for every victim of domestic violence. The thought that Amanda's life has made a difference lifted us up and gave us a reason to carry on," Ross said.