Ky. ex-lawmaker pleads guilty in fiancée slaying

June 28, 2011 - 10:44 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A former Kentucky state lawmaker has pleaded guilty to murder for shooting his ex-fiancé and was sentenced to life without parole.

An attorney for Steve Nunn said the son of former Kentucky Gov. Louis B. Nunn entered the plea Tuesday in a court in Lexington.

Nunn could have faced the death penalty if he'd been convicted in a trial that was scheduled to start in August. He was charged in the death of 29-year-old Amanda Ross, who was shot outside her Lexington home on Sept. 11, 2009.

Police arrested Nunn not long after Ross was found dead. Nunn was apprehended in a cemetery near his parents' graves and police said he slit his wrists and fired one shot at troopers before surrendering.