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Steve Nunn waives court appearance; judge hears from attorneys

By: Angela Beavin Email
By: Angela Beavin Email

We're learning more about what's being planned for the murder trial of former state lawmaker Steve Nunn.

Nunn did not appear in court today, but the judge heard from attorneys. They discussed availability for the upcoming trial and finalized deadlines for mental evaluations of Nunn.

Nunn waived his appearance court Thursday for the hearing. But Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine says that does not comply with a court order.

"I'm not sure what happened or why he isn't dressed out because I had issued an order, that was standing, that he was to be dressed out and shaven for all future court appearances, whether we were going to have a hearing with witnesses or not," Judge Goodwine said.

However, in the absence of Nunn, his attorney and prosecutors confirmed the trial date, which is set to begin in August, will work for their key witnesses.

Judge Goodwine also established deadlines for filing notices of mental evaluations of Nunn.
Both prosecutors and Nunn's attorney indicated they plan to administer tests.

Lexington Police say Nunn shot and killed his former fiance Amanda Ross outside her Lexington town home in September 2009.

The prosecution also asked if the defense plans to file a motion requesting the trial's location be moved . Nunn's attorney says they do not.

"As of this time, we have no intention of filing for a change of venue."

The trial is expected to last at least two weeks. Nunn could face the death penalty if convicted.

The next status hearing in the case is scheduled for March 31st.

Amanda Ross' family has also filed a civil case against Steve Nunn.

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