Miss Savannah Not Guilty

A tearful Nikki Redmond listens to the verdict.
A tearful Nikki Redmond listens to the verdict.

Nikki Redmond is a free woman tonight. A jury came in with the not guilty verdict this afternoon at the Chatham County Courthouse in downtown Savannah.

Redmond's defense attorney Michael Schiavone says the last 24 hours have been difficult because you never know for sure what a jury's thinking, but now that all's said and done he's very happy his client is free of all charges.

Moments before the verdict was read, the 23-year-old former Miss Savannah stood for the last time before the jury of her peers.

The charges were read: "Count one, malice murder. We the jury find the defendant not guilty. Count two, felony murder. We the jury find the defendant not guilty. Count three, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. We the jury find the defendant not guilty."

Her tears started to flow as she heard the words that would set her free.

"I had to tell her that if she was found guilty, it would be life in prison and the deputies would walk her into that lockup and that would be the last time she saw the light of day," said Schiavone.

The men who always believed her, Redmond's attorneys are thankful their client can now move on with her life.

"Nikki Redmond should go on, live her life," said attorney Brian Dailey. "I have no doubt that she will do great things as she goes forward. She's thrilled. She's happy. She's sad that this all happened. You know, she loved Kevin Shorter and that's the tragedy of it all."

We did get a chance to speak with the prosecution who said the Redmond was very well defended. You can hear what they had to say tonight on THE News at 11.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com