Former Miss Savannah Pleads Not Guilty

Redmond in court today.
Redmond in court today.

The former Miss Savannah, Nikki Redmond, will stand trial for murder. She entered a not guilty plea this morning to five felony charges for the shooting death of her boyfriend Kevin Shorter last December. WTOC spoke with Redmond's attorney, Michael Schiavone, this afternoon. He says his client has a strong case and feels there was no need to plea bargain.

She is now one step closer to the trial of her life, and the former Miss Savannah will soon face a jury of her peers.

"The jury will have to make a decision, individually, on each count, and the state has the burden of proof to try to prove beyond a reasonable doubt each of the allegations," said Schiavone.

Redmond's attorney says he feels his client still has a strong case, despite the charges the state has against her. "There's no question in my mind that she's totally innocent," he said. "It was clearly an act of self-defense."

It will be nearly a year since that fatal night before her trial starts. Now, the former Miss Savannah has made her last stop in the court system before she faces judgment. "Anybody in their right mind would be concerned about that," said Schiavone. "It's a very serious allegation that has very strong consequences."

Consequences from possibly being found guilty on any of five felony counts that include malice murder. "She's taking every thing day by day, but she understands that she has to deal with this," Schiavone told us. "Ultimately we will have the opportunity to present her case to the jury."

Nikki Redmond is expected to go to trial this December. If found guilty, she faces life in prison.

Reported by: Nicole MacMillan, nmacmillan@wtoc.com