The attorney representing a former Middle Tennessee State University student accused of killing her basketball player roommate is accusing the presiding judge of not being impartial and has asked him to leave the case.
Nineteen-year-old Shanterrica Madden is charged with first degree murder in the death of Lady Raiders star Tina Stewart.
Madden allegedly stabbed Stewart at the apartment the two shared in early March. She has since claimed self defense and pleaded not guilty to the charges.
According to a report in the Daily News Journal, Madden's attorney says Judge Don Ashe lacks impartiality and on Tuesday, asked him to recuse himself.
Joe Brandon, Jr. has also requested a change of venue to move the trial out of Rutherford County.
He pointed to what he called the "extensive" coverage of the case in both local, regional and even national media outlets, including USA Today, The New York Times and ESPN.
At the very least, he wrote, the jury should be selected in another area of the state.