Proposed Bill Puts Spotlight on Nunn Murder Case

Contributor: Christine Winter
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Updated: 3/14/2012 9:27 pm
Lawmakers are hoping that the third time is the charm for legislation in Kentucky that would expand protective orders outside of marriage.

It would extend protective orders to unmarried couples who do not share children or live together.

State Representative John Tilley and State Senator Denise Harper Angel are each sponsoring similar bills.

They're set up to protect people who are in relationships and also after a break up.

Kentucky is one of only four states that has not extended the orders to un-wed individuals.

Diana Ross, the mother of Amanda Ross who was murdered by Steve Nunn more than two years ago spoke in the capitol rotunda in support of the bill.

She was joined by Pat Byron who lost her daughter Mary in the same manner.

Senator Harper Angel says whether or not the bill is successful this time she plans to keep fighting for this legislation.

Researchers from UK's School of Behavioral Health say extending the protective order would actually save the state about 85 million a year.

It would mean less mental health visits, victim services and less police calls for domestic disturbances.


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