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04/22/04

Former Miss Savannah Indicted

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The Miss Savannah murder case is going to trial. Yesterday, a grand jury indicted 22-year-old Sharron "Nikki" Redmond for killing her boyfriend. Redmond faces malice and felony murder charges along with two counts of possessing a gun during a felony and aggravated assault.

Six months ago, this Beach High School English teacher was better known as Miss Savannah. On December 16, she became the only suspect in the murder of 25-year-old Kevin Shorter. It was a tale right out of a soap opera: a jilted beauty queen finds out her boyfriend was engaged to another woman for three years. So, police say, she gunned him down.

"She went to her car and got a weapon out and shot him," said Capt. Bob Merriman of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department. "The shots ricocheted off Redmond's Monte Carlo, struck him in the femur in the thigh area, and caused a lot of blood loss."

That blood loss would eventually lead to Shorter's death, turning his fiance's Rice Mill Lane home into a murder scene. Meanwhile, Redmond's status as a possibly murderous Miss Savannah would make national headlines.

Redmond has been out of jail on bond, and at last word, she still was employed by the Savannah-Chatham school district.

"The only thing we can do as a school district is say it's an ongoing investigation," said schools spokesman James Harvey. "Since the incident happened off school grounds, there's very little we can say."

Redmond's attorney stands firm by the claim that she only fired in self-defense. Redmond told police she saw Shorter reach for what she thought was a gun, so she pulled the trigger.

A trial date is expected to be scheduled sometime in the next few weeks.

Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com

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