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Police work to determine what led to basketball player’s death

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Tina Stewart was found stabbed multiple times in her Murfreesboro apartment Wednesday night. Tina Stewart was found stabbed multiple times in her Murfreesboro apartment Wednesday night.
Shanterrica Madden, 18, is charged with first degree murder. Shanterrica Madden, 18, is charged with first degree murder.

MURFRESBORO, Tenn. – Police are still working to determine what exactly led to the killing of a Middle Tennessee State University basketball player.

Tina Stewart was found stabbed to death in her Murfreesboro apartment Wednesday night, hours later her roommate Shanterrica Madden, 18, was charged with first degree murder.

"We're looking to see exactly what led up to the assault and murder," Murfreesboro Police spokesperson Kyle Evans told Nashville's News 2.

According to Madden's lawyer, Joe Brandon Jr., there had been a fight between the two roommates.

"There was a fight between the two girls, Miss Madden unfortunately used Miss Stewart's knife. It's a tragic situation," Brandon said.

Before the stabbing incident, Nashville's News 2 learned from Stewart's friends that the basketball player posted the following tweet on her private Twitter account.

"I just called police on my roommate! I feel like a snitch, but I don't like this B*$@^"

According to police, Stewart called her apartment complex's courtesy officer on Wednesday before the fight with Madden escalated.

"An off duty courtesy officer that works for the apartment complex, he's also a Murfreesboro police officer did respond earlier that evening to some type of call there, however that's still under investigation," Evans said.

Police are still trying to determine what the two female roommates were fighting about, though sources have said Madden may have been smoking marijuana in the apartment after Stewart had repeatedly asked her not to.

"At this point it's too early to say what the motive was or if drugs were involved," Evans said, adding, "Specifically, it's something we are looking into, but I can tell you, we do not believe the victim was using drugs."

Madden's attorney insists that his client acted in self defense and that more information will come out in his client's bond hearing which is scheduled for next week.

"Miss Madden's never been in any trouble before, so being in trouble or being accused of something is very difficult on her," Brandon said. 

On Thursday night, hundreds of mourners gathered at Murphy Center to remember the slain basketball player.

Stewart was scheduled to play in the Sunbelt Conference in Arkansas this weekend with the MTSU Lady Raiders.

The team decided to play in honor of their fallen teammate.

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