Sep 302010
 September 30, 2010  Posted by  Court, Surveillance

Jennifer Hewlett reports:

Police may continue a search of a hard drive belonging to murder defendant and former state lawmaker Steve Nunn, Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine ruled Tuesday.

Police, while investigating the Sept. 11, 2009, shooting death of Amanda Ross, 29, of Lexington, had begun a forensic examination of the external hard drive, but stopped when they came across an image they considered to be child pornography, according to court records. Prosecutors, who maintained that no search warrant was needed for the hard drive examination, asked for a court order to continue the forensic examination. Prosecutors said they made the request “in an abundance of caution” because evidence of child pornography that might not be related to the murder case had been found on the hard drive. Later, in a hearing, a detective testified that the image found on the hard drive was that of a 10- to 12-year-old female.

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