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03/08/05

Opening Arguments Begin in Former Miss Savannah Trial

Redmond in court yesterday. Redmond in court yesterday.

Opening arguments are scheduled to begin today in the murder trial of a former Miss Savannah. Twenty-three-year-old Nikki Redmond is charged with murder in the shooting death of her boyfriend Kevin Shorter. Jury selection began yesterday morning. It took until after 7pm last night to seat the jury of nine women and three men with two women alternates.

"It was a long day," said dismissed juror Rodney Johnson last night. "We've been here since 8:15 this morning, it's now past 7:15. It's just been a drastic day."

Much of the time was spent with judge and attorneys questioning a pool of 60 people on pretrial exposure to media coverage of the slaying.

Redmond has admitted firing the gun that took the life of the 25-year-old Shorter in December of 2003, four months after she was crowned Miss Savannah. The shooting happened outside the home of another woman Shorter was dating.

He died three days later.

The jury will have to decide whether Redmond shot him in self-defense.

Reported by: WTOC staff

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