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.
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.
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.
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.
On Friday, police arrested a bleeding Nunn at the cemetery where his parents are buried, and he waved a gun at arriving officers.
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.
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.
Nunn's lawyer could not be reached for comment.
(Reporting by Steve Robrahn, Writing by Andrew Stern, Editing by Sandra Maler)