Lexington police have charged former state representative Steve Nunn with murder in the death of his former fiancée.

Police said Monday night that warrants charging Nunn with murder and violation of a protective order had been served on the 56-year-old Nunn, who is being held in the Hart County jail.

Nunn was released Monday from the Bowling Green Medical Center and transported to the Hart County jail. He was being held on six counts of wanton endangerment. But Lexington/Fayette County Metro Police said over the weekend they wanted to question Nunn about the shooting death early Friday morning of Amanda Ross, 29, Nunn’s former fiancée, outside her Lexington townhouse.

Nunn was apprehended around 11 a.m. CDT Friday in a country church cemetery in Hart County where his parents are buried. According to Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton, who along with Sheriff’s Det. Rusty

Anderson and KSP Troopers captured him, Nunn was hiding behind a tombstone in the cemetery and had cut his wrists.

He had “lost quite a bit of blood,” according to Eaton, but never lost consciousness. Nunn was transported by ambulance to the Bowling Green

Medical Center where state troopers guarded the door to his room and late Friday was charged with the multiple counts of wanton endangerment, stemming from the gun shot at the cemetery.

Hart County Jailer Keith Riordan said Nunn was booked into the jail around 10:30 a.m. CDT Monday and was placed in an individual cell.

“We’re trying to check on him every 10 minutes or so,” Riordan said.

“It’s not like a suicide watch; we’re just keeping an eye on him.” He said Nunn also is being checked by medical personnel at the jail.

Riordan said Nunn “seems to be in pretty good spirits for what he’s got going against him.”

Nunn was placed under a domestic violence order in March after Ross accused him of hitting her in the face. In August, he entered an Alford plea – not an admission of guilt but acknowledging sufficient evidence exists to convict – to a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from the March incident.

Ross’ funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday in Lexington at the Carrick House. Visitation is Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Carrick House.

Ronnie Ellis writes for CNHI News Service and is based in Frankfort. Reach him at rellis@cnhi.com. The Richmond Register is a CNHI owned newspaper.

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