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Parents of MTSU murder suspect speak out

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Tina Stewart, 21, was stabbed to death March 3. Tina Stewart, 21, was stabbed to death March 3.
Shanterrica Madden, 18, is charged with first degree murder. Shanterrica Madden, 18, is charged with first degree murder.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – A Middle Tennessee State University student accused of killing her roommate was granted a $100,000 bond on Friday.

Shanterrica Madden bonded out of jail just before 2 p.m. and planned to go to her hometown of Memphis to be with family.

Madden, 18, is charged with first degree murder for the March 3 stabbing death of 21-year-old Tina Stewart in the Murfreesboro apartment they shared.

Madden has been behind bars without bond ever since.

From the beginning, defense attorney Joe Brandon Jr. has said his client acted in self defense.

Madden's parents, Frank and Shantel Madden, have not said anything since their daughter's arrest until Friday.

Not surprisingly, Frank Madden said it has been incredibly difficult for their family

"This is not what you were planning on going through," he said.  "That wasn't on the agenda.  Your child was supposed to be getting an education, no harm done to her."

According to Madden, his daughter worked hard in school and was excited about going to MTSU where she wanted to go down a pre-law track.

"That's the reason she's here in college," Madden told Nashville's News 2, "because she wanted an education."

Both Madden's parents and an MTSU professor who had Shanterrica in class told Nashville's News 2 the freshman was a good kid.

She was "focused, kept her mind together," said Madden's father.  "She knew what she wanted."

Madden's family said they had only met Tina Stewart a few times and didn't know her family, but planned on setting up a meeting with her parents soon.

"We all lost something here and we need to just come together," Frank Madden said.

Shanterrica Madden's preliminary hearing had been scheduled for Friday in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.

At the request of the prosecutor, it was postponed until March 24 to allow Stewart's family to attend.

Stewart's funeral and visitation were taking place on Friday and Saturday.

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