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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:28 PM
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Ex-Kentucky legislator Nunn could face death penalty
Nunn could face death penalty
By Beth Musgrave


FRANKFORT Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson will decide in coming weeks whether to seek the death penalty in the murder case against former gubernatorial candidate and state legislator Steve Nunn.

Nunn, who was charged late Monday with the murder of his former fiance Amanda Ross, would be eligible for the death penalty because he also allegedly violated a protective order in place at the time of Ross's shooting death.

Police believe Nunn shot Ross in the parking lot of her gated townhouse complex early Friday morning in Lexington.

Larson would not comment on the case or whether he would seek the death penalty against Nunn on Tuesday. But the longtime Fayette County Commonwealth's Attorney is widely known for not cutting deals in murder cases and typically files for the death penalty if there is an aggravating factor in the murder, defense attorneys said Tuesday.

If Larson seeks the death penalty, the already high-profile murder case will come under even more scrutiny, defense attorneys said.

"Any prosecutor is going to feel concern and pressure anytime you have a situation where it could warrant a death penalty," said Bill Johnson, a longtime criminal defense attorney in Frankfort.

Both Nunn and Ross are from well-known families.

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http://www.kentucky.com/210/story/937019.html
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charlie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:37 PM
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1. Weird story
And weird article. They have a pic of the top half of the prosecutor's head, instead of a pic of the alleged perp.
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derby378 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:53 PM
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4. The pic just loads slowly, even on an ISDN line
I got the whole thing just fine.
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charlie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:15 PM
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5. It's not the speed
It's actually cropped to show only the top half in Firefox and Opera.
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tularetom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:39 PM
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2. Why do I get the feeling there is only one reason the death penalty is on the table?
Because of this one sentence

"Both Nunn and Ross are from well-known families"

WTF? If she was NOT from a "well known family" perhaps if she had been African American does anybody really believe they would be entertaining the death penalty for this creep?

I'd like to see the bastard fry anyway, but I doubt if the prosecutors would be so hot on it.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:45 PM
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3. According to the article, the attorney is not known for cutting deals
when murder is involved...

But the longtime Fayette County Commonwealth's Attorney is widely known for not cutting deals in murder cases and typically files for the death penalty if there is an aggravating factor in the murder
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