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03/11/05

Prosecution Rests in Miss Savannah Trial

Redmond confers with her attorney. Redmond confers with her attorney.

The prosecution in the murder trial of Nikki Redmond rested last evening. Prosecutors continued their strategy of making Redmond look violent to jurors, with a preexisting grudge against Kevin Shorter.

One of his childhood friends remembered seeing Redmond talk about Shorter outside of a Savannah club one night. "Out front, she was very upset and said 'You gonna learn not to play with me,'" Errol Gordon testified.

Meanwhile, defense attorney Michael Schiavone tried to cast some doubt on the way police handled some of the evidence, pointing specifically to items that aren't locked away in police custody any more. He was told that Kevin Shorter's car had been returned to his family.

"So again, I haven't had the opportunity to look at that vehicle, look at the markings on that vehicle, to have somebody that might want to run tests on that look at that vehicle," Schiavone said.

But prosecutors pointed out that the defense never asked to see the evidence in question and never asked police to keep it any longer than they did.

Then the state rested and Judge Michael Karpf broke for the day. "We're not going to get into the defense's case until tomorrow," he said. "I think we'll start at 9:30 tomorrow morning."

WTOC has a crew at the trial and will have the latest today on THE News.

Reported by: Chris Cowperthwaite, ccowperthwaite@wtoc.com

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