Family of Steve Nunn's former girlfriend says she tried to protect herself from domestic violence

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Posted on September 16, 2009 at 6:27 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 15 at 5:16 PM

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(WHAS11) - Wednesday, Amanda Ross was laid to rest. She's the ex-girlfriend of former Kentucky lawmaker Steve Nunn. Nunn is accused of gunning down Ross in front of her Lexington home.

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But even through this, a long time family friend of Ross' tells WHAS11's Adrianna Hopkins, that her death will not be in vain.

Steve Nunn is charged with murder and violating a protective order in the death of 29-year-old Amanda Ross.

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He also faces 6 counts of wanton endangerment for brandishing a gun at police before he was arrested.

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Amanda's family says she tried to protect herself but the law failed her. And they don't want that to happen for other domestic violence victims.

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On his Craigslist personal ad, former lawmaker Steve Nunn calls himself "the boy inside the man."

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He's seen smiling and says "he's an active and fun gentleman who looks for that one special girl."

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But Nunn's peers, friends and family say he'd been depressed, had a problem with alcohol and had been on a downward spiral.

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Indeed, when he was arrested, police say he spoke of suicide and wanting revenge.

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Geneva Robinson of the Seven Counties' Crisis and Information Center, can't speak specifically to this case, but says people need to be aware of warning signs because they're typically a cry for help.

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"If a person expresses anger, anxiety... Those can be warning signs," says Robinson.

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Amanda's family says after her funeral, they plan to pursue tougher domestic violence laws. Family friend Dale Emmons says hers was a preventable death.

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He says Amanda did everything right. She obtained a domestic violence order against Nunn, moved to a gated community and even bought a gun to protect herself.

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Marcia Roth of the Mary Byron Project with Advocates for Domestic Violence Victims says there are plenty of laws on the books but she says they're just not being enforced.

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Amanda's family friend Dale Emmons says the Ross' have talked to House Speaker Greg Stumbo about a law that would require people who have a protective order out against them to wear an ankle bracelet so authorities can monitor their whereabouts.

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