updated 12/20/2003 7:15:56 PM ET 2003-12-21T00:15:56

A Georgia beauty queen turned herself in to police Saturday to face a murder charge in the death of her boyfriend.

Sharron Nicole Redmond, who holds the title of Miss Savannah, was being held without bail in the death of 25-year-old Kevin Shorter.

Redmond, 21, was initially charged with aggravated assault in the Tuesday night shooting, but the charge was upgraded to murder after Shorter died Friday.

Redmond’s lawyer, Michael Schiavone, said he will file a bond request on Monday.

“She’s having a very difficult time with everything that’s happened, especially with his death,” Schiavone said.

Police said the shooting followed an argument between Redmond and Shorter, apparently over Shorter dating another woman at the same time he was seeing Redmond. The shooting happened outside the home of the father of the other woman, whose name has not been released.

Schiavone said his client acted in self-defense when she shot Shorter. Schiavone said Redmond had a permit for the gun, which she was carrying because she had been stalked at the high school where she teaches.

Redmond assumed the Miss Savannah title in August when Andrea Bailey — who was originally crowned Miss Savannah — won the title of Miss Georgia and went on to compete in the Miss America competition.

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