MTSU basketball player stabbing trial to begin Wednesday - WKRN News 2

MTSU basketball player stabbing trial to begin Wednesday

Posted: Updated: May 8, 2012 09:50 PM
Tina Stewart was fatally stabbed during a fight in March of 2011. Tina Stewart was fatally stabbed during a fight in March of 2011.
Shanterrica Madden is charged with fatally stabbing Stewart. Shanterrica Madden is charged with fatally stabbing Stewart.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -

The murder trial for the roommate of Middle Tennessee State University basketball player Tina Stewart is scheduled to begin Wednesday morning in Rutherford County.

Nineteen-year-old Shanterrica Madden is charged with first degree murder for stabbing Stewart in the Murfreesboro apartment they shared 14 months ago.  Madden claims the stabbing was self defense.

Due to extensive media coverage, a jury made up of 12 men and three women were selected from Chattanooga.

Over the last several months, Stewart's family has traveled to Murfreesboro from Memphis for several hearings and has made it clear they want justice.

In July, Stewart's sister Monica Jones, told Nashville's News 2, "The wheels of justice turn slow, but they do turn and she's [going to] get what's coming to her."

She continued, "We're shooting more for life in prison. For her to wake up everyday in that little cell and realize what she did and has to really think about it day after day."

Madden's attorney, Joe Brandon, paints a different picture of his client.

"She spends the majority of time when I meet with her, crying and how sorry she is that all of this came down," he said.

Stewart was stabbed several times in her Raiders Crossing apartment March 2, 2011 after an alleged argument.

In July, Madden rejected a plea deal from the state.

She will now face a jury on one count of premeditated murder and one count of tampering with evidence.

Brandon explained, "This is a tragedy for both families. Both of these girls had bright futures ahead of them. Ms. Stewart was [an] A-plus basketball player [and] Ms. Madden was an A-plus student. It's just a tragedy all the way around.  Both of these families have had their lives altered substantially."

The trial is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Nashville's News 2 will stream the trial live on wkrn.com.

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  • Feb. 8, 2012: Slain basketball player's family files lawsuit against apt. complex
  • Dec. 21, 2011: Judge refuses recusal in MTSU stabbing death trial
  • Dec. 14, 2011: Attorney for former MTSU student seeks judge's recusal
  • Nov. 28, 2011: Jury can ask questions in MTSU stabbing trial
  • Oct. 28, 2011: No deal for MTSU student charged in player death
  • Aug. 5, 2011: Deal offered to MTSU student charged with killing roommate
  • July 19, 2011: Sister of slain MTSU student says killer deserves life
  • July 7, 2011: Grand jury indicts MTSU student for roommate's death
  • April 1, 2011: MTSU victim's family files $20M wrongful death suit
  • March 24, 2011: MTSU student charged with killing roommate appears in court
  • March 20, 2011: NCAA allows Lady Raiders to wear patch in honor of Tina Stewart
  • March 16, 2011: MTSU student accused of murder appears in court
  • March 11, 2011: Student accused of killing roommate out of jail
  • March 11, 2011: Parents of MTSU murder suspect speak out
  • March 9, 2011: Twitter may play role in MTSU basketball player's death
  • March 7, 2011: MTSU Lady Raiders return home after loss
  • March 6, 2011: MTSU loses in return to court after player death
  • March 6, 2011: Funeral scheduled for slain MTSU basketball player
  • March 4, 2011: Police work to determine what led to basketball player's death
  • March 3, 2011: Hundreds gather at vigil for slain MTSU basketball player
  • March 2, 2011: MTSU basketball player stabbed to death, roommate charged
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