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Twitter may play role in MTSU basketball player's death

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Tina Stewart, 21 was found stabbed to death in her Murfreesboro apartment. Tina Stewart, 21 was found stabbed to death in her Murfreesboro apartment.
Shanterrica Madden is charged with first degree murder. Shanterrica Madden is charged with first degree murder.
Lawyer Joe Brandon Jr. has claimed since the beginning of the investigation that Madden killed Stewart in self defense. Lawyer Joe Brandon Jr. has claimed since the beginning of the investigation that Madden killed Stewart in self defense.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The popular social network Twitter may play an important role in the stabbing death of a Middle Tennessee State University basketball player.

Tina Stewart was found stabbed to death in her Murfreesboro apartment near campus last Wednesday night.

Hours later, Stewart's roommate Shanterrica Madden was arrested and charged with first degree murder.

Joe Brandon Jr. is Madden's attorney.

He told Nashville's News 2 that tweets from Stewart's personal Twitter account may be admitted as evidence in court.

"I have been a part of trials before where MySpace and Facebook pages have come into evidence," Brandon said.

He continued, "When you're investigating a case, you look anywhere and everywhere there's possible evidence."

Before the stabbing event, Stewart posted the following on her personal Twitter account, "I just called the police on my roommate. I feel like a snitch, but I don't like this b$!@*...."

"And she was getting responses from another individual saying, ‘you don't need to hurt her.' That's very alarming," Brandon said.

Brandon has claimed since the beginning of the investigation that Madden killed Stewart in self defense.

"Miss Stewart had a knife in her possession and it got turned on her. It's an unfortunate situation, but those are the facts," Brandon recently told Nashville's News 2.

In the motion he filed, Brandon said the tweets indicate that Stewart was planning an assault on Madden.

"I'm not trying to determine intent, Miss Stewart that is.  We are entitled to exculpatory evidence, indicating, showing, someone is not guilty of what they are charged with.  We just want to make sure all the evidence is preserved in this case," Brandon explained.

Madden's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m.

Stewart will be laid to rest on Saturday in her hometown of Memphis. 

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