Kentucky's Nunn requested new details for his gravestone

GLASGOW, Ky. — A day before former state Rep. Steve Nunn was found by state police in a Hart County cemetery with his wrists slit, he stopped by Borders Monument Co. to make a request: He wanted to add some details to his gravestone.

Abe Shelton, owner of the Glasgow business that specializes in monuments and memorials, said Nunn came in Thursday to discuss designs and wrote down what he wanted to say on the stone. His request freaked out Shelton.

Shelton refused to say what Nunn asked him to put on the stone. He declined to say whether Nunn requested a Sept. 11 death date.

But based on Nunn's demeanor — and what Nunn wanted put on the stone — Shelton said he could tell Nunn was distraught and needed help.

"That's what freaked me out," he said. "I was absolutely floored."

Shelton said he thought Nunn was a danger to himself but never thought he would hurt someone else.

The next day, Nunn, 56, was taken into police custody at the edge of the Hart County cemetery where his parents — former Gov. Louie B. Nunn. and Beulah Nunn &mdash are buried. Nunn had slit his wrists after placing mementos on his parents' graves, officers said.

Police found Nunn hours after his ex-fiancee, Amanda Ross, was found shot, lying in the back corner of the parking lot at Opera House Square Townhomes. Ross, 29, was taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Center, where she later died.

Lexington police obtained an arrest warrant Monday charging Nunn with murder in Ross's death. He also was charged with violation of a protective order — a charge that stems from an emergency protective order Ross obtained earlier this year.

What has transpired since Nunn's visit to his business Thursday has been troubling to Shelton.

"It's a terrible, terrible thing. I would have never dreamed of something like that happening," he said. "It made you sick that somebody was at your desk the day before and then something happens."


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