K.C. Anuna found his girlfriend's lifeless body covered in blood on her bedroom floor.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
A person who was in the apartment when a Middle Tennessee State University student stabbed her roommate to death testified Friday that she saw Shanterrica Madden with a knife and blood on her arm but left the apartment without calling 911.
Renee Reese said she and Madden walked to the off-campus apartment Madden shared with Tina Stewart on March 2, 2011 to smoke marijuana.
She said they did not realize Stewart was in her bedroom until a courtesy officer showed up because the MTSU basketball player had called to complain.
According to Reese's testimony, Madden confronted Stewart once the officer left and a fight between the two broke out.
Reese testified both women were fighting and throwing punches. Scared, she said she ran back into Madden's bedroom and locked the door.
When asked if she heard the conversation or the word "knife," Reese replied, "Yes, I heard, ‘she's got a knife' [and] ‘stop, my heart hurts, stop.' I wasn't sure who was saying it or what was going on."
Reese testified Madden came out of the bedroom with blood on her arm and said she had been cut. Reese called a friend to pick her up and on the way out saw Stewart on the bedroom floor.
She said she thought she may have been injured but did not call 911 even after part of a knife fell out of a blanket Madden had in her arms.
Reese said she later learned about Stewart's death on Twitter and called police to report what happened.
It was Stewart's boyfriend, K.C. Anuna, who found his girlfriend's lifeless body covered in blood on her bedroom floor.
In testimony Friday, Anuna said he was concerned when he tried to call Stewart three times and she didn't answer.
He drove to her apartment where he found Madden on the phone with a duffle bag over her shoulder.
When he asked where Stewart was, Madden told him she wasn't there.
Anuna went back to her bedroom anyway and described to the jury what he found.
"I hit the lights and I seen her on the floor. I thought, ‘Is she playing?' That's when I grabbed her and I seen all the blood," he recalled, adding, "[Madden] was like, I didn't do it and she took off."
Anuna made an emotional call to 911. The recording was played for the jury on Wednesday.
Anuna, who also played basketball at MTSU, met Stewart in the summer of 2008 and they began dating that fall.
He was a senior when Stewart died and he told jurors he planned to propose to her when he graduated in May.
Anuna also said that Stewart had complained about Madden's marijuana use in the apartment and asked her in early 2011 to not smoke pot again in the apartment.
To that, Anuna testified that Madden said, "Okay, that's cool."
Stewart told Anuna the next time it happened she planned to call the front office and report it.
Madden is charged with first degree murder, but has claimed self-defense.
She rejected a plea deal last summer and faces one count each of premeditated murder and tampering with evidence.