Steve Nunn

The attorney for a former Kentucky lawmaker serving life in prison says without a plea agreement his client likely would have gotten a death sentence.

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. -- Facing a team of attorneys, imprisoned former Kentucky lawmaker Steve Nunn apologized to the family of the ex-fiancee he was convicted of killing but declined to say he shot her, complained of health problems and refused to answer questions about her death, according to the transcript of his deposition.

AP EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Lawmaker Nunn Aims To Attack Plea

Jun 8, 2013
Associated Press

CENTRAL CITY, Ky. -- Former Kentucky lawmaker Steve Nunn, the son of a governor, is at once contrite and indignant about how he landed in prison.

In his first interview behind bars, Nunn repeatedly apologized for the death of his one-time fiancee, Amanda Ross. Almost in the same breath, he turned angry and frustrated about how the legal system has treated him, and vowed to push for the right to take back his guilty plea.

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.