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MTSU victim's family files $20M wrongful death suit

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MTSU junior Tina Stewart was stabbed to death March 2. MTSU junior Tina Stewart was stabbed to death March 2.
Shanterrica Madden, 18, has maintained she acted in self-defense. Shanterrica Madden, 18, has maintained she acted in self-defense.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The family of a Middle Tennessee State University student stabbed to death last month has filed a $20 million wrongful death lawsuit against her roommate, who is charged with her death.

Shanterrica Madden, 18, is charged with first degree murder for the March 2 slaying of Tina Stewart, a junior basketball player at the university.

Stewart, who was originally from Memphis, was stabbed following an argument at the Murfreesboro apartment the women shared.

The suit filed by Stewart's parents seeks $10 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages, according to documents sent to Nashville's News 2 from the family's attorney, David Raybin.

Joe Brandon Jr., Madden's attorney, said Friday he became aware of the lawsuit through the media and had not seen it.

In court, he has said his client, also from Memphis, acted in self-defense.

The case has been turned over to the grand jury.

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