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12/20/03

Miss Savannah Charged with Murder

The reigning Miss Savannah is now being charged with murder after police say she shot and killed her boyfriend. Savannah-Chatham police say 21-year-old Sharron Nicole Redmond turned herself in at the Chatham County Detention Center this morning. Twenty-five-year-old Kevin Shorter died Friday morning at Memorial Health University. He had been in critical condition at the hospital since he was shot Tuesday night.

As soon as police found out about Shorter's death, they immediately upgraded the charges against Redmond. "She'll be charged with murder and then there will be some weapons charges, additionally," explained Capt. Bob Merriman.

Police say Redmond and Shorter had been arguing outside a home on Rice Mill Lane at the time of the shooting. Neighbors say it's where Shorter's other girlfriend lived. Redmond's attorney, Michael Schiavone, says his client went there to talk with her, when Shorter showed up. He claims Redmond feared for her life and shot in self-defense.

Redmond and her attorney knew the upgraded charges would be coming if Shorter died. Friday afternoon, Redmond's attorney said it would not change their defense. "In my understanding," Schiavone told WTOC, "after he physically tried to attack her and said he had something for her...at that point she believed he had a weapon." Schiavone says Redmond was trying to fire a warning shot, but it ricocheted off a car and hit Shorter.

Redmond had been out on bond on charges of aggravated assault after the shooting Tuesday night. For her to be released on bond again, her attorney will have to petition the court. "The facts of this case will be heard at that time and the judge will decided to grant her a bond or not, either superior court or recorder's court judge," said Merriman. "However, this is a non-bondable offense, murder is, at the preliminary stage."

"She is absolutely devastated," added Schiavone. "Regardless of the fear of her safety, this is not what she wanted to happen to him."

Redmond's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday afternoon in Chatham County. Police say an autopsy will be performed on Shorter's body this weekend.

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