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Ex-lawmaker seeks to withdraw guilty plea in death of former fiancee


LEXINGTON, Kentucky — The attorney for a former Kentucky lawmaker serving life in prison for killing his one-time fiancee says without a plea agreement, his client likely would have gotten a death sentence.

Warren Scoville testified Thursday at a hearing for 61-year-old Stephen Roberts Nunn. Nunn is trying to withdraw his guilty plea in the 2009 death of Amanda Ross in Lexington.

WKYT-TV in Lexington reported ( ) that Scoville told a judge he thought Nunn would get a death sentence if the case went to a jury and recommended he take the deal for life in prison.

Nunn is also appealing a civil judgment for $24 million stemming from Ross' death.

Nunn is a one-time member of the state's General Assembly and the son of former Kentucky Gov. Louie B. Nunn.

Information from: WKYT-TV,

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