Judge rules Ross family can seize Nunn's prison account

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - There's a new twist Friday in a legal fight involving one of Lexington's most prolific murder cases. Former state lawmaker Steve Nunn is serving life in prison for killing his ex-fiance, Amanda Ross, in 2009.

Nunn must also pay more than $24,000,000 to the Ross family as part of a wrongful death lawsuit, and now WKYT has learned how they're going after the money.

Nunn received life in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to killing ex-fiancé Amanda Ross outside her apartment complex in downtown Lexington in September 2009.

Recently, Ross's attorneys filed court orders directing all Nunn's money and property be seized to pay off the $24,000,000. That included the money he was getting to pay for items bought at the prison commissary, where he could buy special amenities like food and toiletries.

In court documents, Nunn's daughter, who is his power of attorney, says she takes his state retirement pension, $1,600 dollars a month, and deposits it into an account for Nunn. From that account, she then transfers funds to Nunn's Prison Trust Account at Green River Correctional Complex. She challenged the request by the Ross family to seize his prison account, claiming his pension is protected by state law.

In a court filing, attorneys for the Ross family claimed as soon as she gave access to the money to her father, those funds became unprotected.

Friday, Judge James Ishmael overruled the challenge by Nunn's daughter, and put a hold on his prison account.

Court papers also show Ross attorneys have been checking banks across the state for accounts that may be linked to Nunn, looking to find the money they're owed.

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