Lawmaker proposes monitoring domestic abusers

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The case of a former Kentucky lawmaker
charged in the killing of his ex-girlfriend has sparked a
discussion in the statehouse about revamping the state's domestic
violence laws, including ankle monitoring for people served with
protective orders.
Steve Nunn, a Republican who served some 15 years as a state
representative, has been charged in the slaying of Amanda Ross, a
Lexington woman with whom who he lived for several months before
she obtained an protective order to keep him away.
"If something good can come from this horrible tragedy,
Amanda's family wants there to be reform in domestic violence
protection," Dale Emmons, a longtime friend of the Ross family,
said this week.
Emmons said Ross, 29, a state Department of Insurance employee,
was "ambushed and executed" outside her Lexington town house last
Friday. Her funeral was scheduled Wednesday in Lexington.
Key lawmakers said the slaying will likely be a catalyst for
change in a legislative session that starts in January.
House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Wednesday that lawmakers are
mulling a proposal that would require people named in emergency
protective orders to wear ankle monitors so that authorities would
know if they violate those orders.
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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