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Former Kentucky lawmaker Nunn charged with murder

</head> <body> <p>LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (Reuters) - A former Kentucky lawmaker has been charged with murdering his ex-fiancee after police found him near his parents' grave site, where he had slit his wrists, authorities said on Tuesday.</p> <p>Stephen Nunn, 56, a veteran Republican state legislator voted out of office in 2006 and the son of former Kentucky Governor Louie Nunn and, was treated at a hospital and transferred to a jail cell on Monday.</p> <p>Authorities placed him on suicide watch and charged him with Friday's shooting death of his former fiancee, Amanda Ross, 29, outside her Lexington home.</p> <p>Nunn was arrested in February for assaulting Ross, a state employee, who accused him of hitting her several times in the face. A judge ordered Nunn to stay away from her for a year.</p> <p>On Friday, police arrested a bleeding Nunn at the cemetery where his parents are buried, and he waved a gun at arriving officers.</p> <p>Nunn comes from a powerful Republican family. His father, who was governor from 1967 to 1971 and died in 2004, and his uncle Lee were advisers to then-President Richard Nixon.</p> <p>Stephen Nunn lost a bid for governor in 2003. He resigned from a post in the administration of Democratic Governor Steve Beshear after being accused of assaulting Ross.</p> <p>Nunn's lawyer could not be reached for comment.</p> <p>(Reporting by Steve Robrahn, Writing by Andrew Stern, Editing by Sandra Maler)</p> </body> </html> </div><!-- end article-body --> </div><!-- end aticle-body-wrapper --> <aside> <ul class="social-share-btns clearfix"> <li><g:plusone size="medium" href="http://whtc.com/news/articles/2009/sep/15/former-kentucky-lawmaker-nunn-charged-with-murder/"></g:plusone></li> <li><div id="fb-root"></div><script src="http://connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#appId=112315878855956&xfbml=1"></script><fb:like href="http://whtc.com/news/articles/2009/sep/15/former-kentucky-lawmaker-nunn-charged-with-murder/" action="recommend" send="true" layout="button_count" width="150" show_faces="false" font=""></fb:like></li> <li><a href="http://twitter.com/share" class="twitter-share-button" 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