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Mother of Amanda Ross suing the gated community where she lived

It's the newest twist in one of the most talked about murders in years. The case involves former state lawmaker Steve Nunn and the murder of Amanda Ross. Her family is suing the downtown Lexington gated community where Ross lived.

Her mother claims Opera House Square should have never let Nunn in the gates the day she was murdered.

The lawsuit claims former state lawmaker Steve Nunn always had access to the townhome he once shared with Ross. That's because the lawsuit alleges the Homeowner's association would not take steps to eliminate Nunn's access to the gated community.

According to court documents, after Ross broke up with Nunn and filed an emergency protective order in February of 2009, she went to the homeowner's association telling them that she feared for her life because of Nunn's violent behavior and wanted the association to change the access code and key to the gate so he could not get in.

The lawsuit says the board refused her request, and months later on September 11, 2009, police say Nunn violated the protective order, got inside the gates and ambushed Ross, gunning her down in front of her home. The lawsuit alleges the inaction of Opera House Square was a substantial factor in her death.

The lawsuit seeks punitive damages against the Homeowner's association as well as the Cincinnati Insurance Agency.

In the lawsuit, Mrs. Ross also demands this case be heard in front of a jury.

Meanwhile, some people who currently live at Opera House Square say they feel very secure with the protection they have.

"There's a lot of crime downtown and what not but I feel like even with the gate it helps out some and deters some of the stuff that might happen otherwise," a neighbor told us.

Other gated communities in Lexington use similar technology as Opera House Square.

5 Twenty Four Angliana's manager David Weaver has taken security a step further.

"A guest will come, scroll down through to find your name. Type in your four digit pin and that will call your cell phone," Weaver said.

The people who do get in at 5 Twenty Four Angliana will pass a camera recording their license plate number, and watching which direction they go.

Other complexes we spoke to say they use key pads much like the complex Ross lived in, but tenants have individual codes for guests so they can monitor who lets people come inside the property.


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