Sister of slain MTSU student says killer deserves life - WKRN News 2

Sister of slain MTSU student says killer deserves life

Posted: Updated: July 19, 2011 11:22 AM CDT
Shanterrica Madden, 18, is charged with first degree murder for stabbing her roommate to death in March. Shanterrica Madden, 18, is charged with first degree murder for stabbing her roommate to death in March.
Tina Stewart, 21, played basketball at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. Tina Stewart, 21, played basketball at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.
Stewart's mother stood next to her daughter, Monika, during an interview outside the courtroom on Wednesday. Stewart's mother stood next to her daughter, Monika, during an interview outside the courtroom on Wednesday.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The sister of the Middle Tennessee State University basketball player fatally stabbed by her roommate earlier this year says her killer should spend the rest of her life behind bars.

Monika Jones called Shanterrica Madden a "monster" and said she hopes she gets life in jail so she'll "wake up every day in that little cell and realize what she did and have to think about it day after day."

Madden, 18, stabbed Tina Stewart, a junior at the Murfreesboro school, repeatedly during an argument at their off-campus apartment in early March.

A grand jury indictment issued July 5 charges Madden with one count first degree murder and one count tampering with evidence for the slaying.

During an arraignment Wednesday, Rutherford County Judge Don Ash tentatively set a January 31, 2012 trial date for Madden if a plea deal can't be reached at a hearing next month.

Madden's arraignment was originally scheduled for Monday, though her lawyers and state prosecutors could not agree if she should be present.

She did appear in court on Wednesday and entered a plea of not guilty.

From the beginning, Madden's attorney, Joe Brandon, has maintained his client stabbed Stewart in self-defense.

Brandon said Wednesday she is "incredibly sorry" for what happened and called Stewart's death a "tragedy for both the families."

"Both of these girls had bright futures ahead of them," he continued, adding, "She spends the majority of time when I meet with her crying and how sorry she is that all of this came down."

Jones, Stewart's older sister, told Nashville's News 2 her family has not heard Madden since her sister's death and they have not received an apology.

"Show some type of remorse, that's just human nature and to me she's not human.  She's a monster, she's a murderer, she's guilty," she said.

Jones said her family will be in court every step of the way wearing purple, Tina's favorite color.

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