Now acquitted, beauty queen puts murder trial behind her

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ATLANTA - Sharon Nicole Redmond knows that as the last Miss Savannah, she will always carry the title. But she's doing her best to move on from the ordeal that made her title world-famous - murder charges that she fatally shot her two-timing fiance.

Four months after winning the beauty pageant title in 2003, Ms. Redmond was charged with shooting and killing Kevin Shorter during an argument in the yard of another woman.

A jury in 2005 acquitted her of the charges, saying they believed she acted in self-defense.

Now Ms. Redmond - who goes by Nikki - lives in the Atlanta area. She graduated summa cum laude from Spelman College in 2003 and earned a master's degree in education at Kennesaw State University last month.

She works for an Atlanta education group that helps private school teachers develop lesson plans.

Last October, she married the high school sweetheart who stood beside her during her trial.

"He was extremely supportive, wrote me and called me every day and night," she said.

Ms. Redmond said she hopes to one day open a private school that would teach black students about their history and culture.

She continues to sing, perform and write songs.

"It keeps me living and breathing," she said.

Ms. Redmond, who was 21 when she began dating her ex-fiance Mr. Shorter, said he began to show a different side a few months into their relationship.

Mr. Shorter would slap, grab and kick her, sometimes leaving bruises, according to court documents. He also was verbally abusive and would follow her around.

The two had been engaged for about three months when Ms. Redmond discovered that Mr. Shorter also was engaged to another woman.

On Dec. 16, 2003, all three were arguing in that woman's yard.

Ms. Redmond admitted shooting Mr. Shorter, but said the bullet was intended as a warning shot which ricocheted off Mr. Shorter's car and hit him.

Jurors said they believed Mr. Shorter had a gun, although police never found one.

Mr. Shorter's parents filed a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit against her. She responded with a $2 million countersuit, saying she was in fear for her life and suffered mental and physical abuse by Mr. Shorter.

Ms. Redmond said the incident has given her a "deeper outlook" on life and taught her to trust her instincts about people.

"You have to make your obstacles into your pedestals," she said.

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jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 08/14/07 - 07:39 am
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Augusta Chronicle is so LATE,

Augusta Chronicle is so LATE, this is an old article... you guys always behind on information and breaking news... LOL

baby gurl
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baby gurl 08/14/07 - 10:04 am
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I was looking at oxygen the

I was looking at oxygen the other day and saw the show snapped which was about the case. All I can say is that is was a sad unfortunate thing and that Ms. Redmond will have to live with this everyday of her life as well as Mr. Shorter's family my blessings and prayers go out to both family's.

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charles yonce 08/14/07 - 10:13 am
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what a pathetic story. i

what a pathetic story. i remember some of this from years ago.i'm glad i wasn't on that jury,she wouldn't have been acquitted.just read this article:he began to show another side! red flag! move on! what does she do? she stays in the relationship! then she finds he's involved with another woman! she's scorned! glamour girl has been played! she goes to the other womans yard with a gun? how is that self defense? did he ever touch her? he's dead so how will we know?self defense? where was his weapon? she was in fear of her life, so she goes after the guy with a gun? bull! now she wants to open an all black school,wonderful! teach them about their culture! yeah! that should help them in the corporate world,right? blacks lag behind every other race in test scores now, so teach them african culture,absolutely brilliant! this should raise their sat scores signigicantly, what a sad joke.

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change display name 08/14/07 - 10:26 am
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Just because you are a bad

Just because you are a bad shot doesn't mean you are not a murderer. Never found a gun, in the other woman's yard, arguing--sounds like self-defense to me!

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joeuser 08/14/07 - 02:15 pm
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CORRECTION TO "change display

CORRECTION TO "change display name"...never found a gun believed to be owned by Mr. Shorter.

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change display name 08/14/07 - 02:17 pm
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CORRECTION TO joeuser--learn

CORRECTION TO joeuser--learn to read sarcasm!

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janet58 08/14/07 - 04:47 pm
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This story is from MARCH 2005

This story is from MARCH 2005 !!! Now I know what they mean when they say "slow Tuesday"!

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corgimom 11/28/09 - 08:04 pm
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She admitting shooting him

She admitting shooting him but she got acquitted. My God. She'll teach a class all right, "How to (Literally) Get Away With Murder"

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Little Lamb 11/28/09 - 10:03 pm
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She'll be teaching the

She'll be teaching the gangsta culture. But she'll be helped by trusting her instincts about people.

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