Tina Stewart was fatally stabbed during a fight in March of 2011.
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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