Shanterrica Madden guilty in MTSU roommate's murder - WKRN News 2

Shanterrica Madden guilty in MTSU roommate's murder

Posted: Updated: May 14, 2012 7:03 PM CDT
Shanterrica Madden stabbed her roommate to death in March of 2011. She was found guilty of second degree murder Monday. Shanterrica Madden stabbed her roommate to death in March of 2011. She was found guilty of second degree murder Monday.
Stewart, 21, died in March of 2011. Stewart, 21, died in March of 2011.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -

Jurors on Monday found former Middle Tennessee State University student Shanterrica Madden guilty of second degree murder for the death of her roommate, basketball player Tina Stewart.

Madden fatally stabbed Stewart in the off campus apartment the two shared in early March of 2011 but claimed self-defense.

Closings arguments wrapped up Monday morning and the jury was given the case just before 12:30 p.m.  A verdict was reached less than two hours later.

Madden was also found guilty of tampering with evidence for disposing of the knife she used to stab Stewart, a 21-year-old junior at the Murfreesboro university.

Madden's bond was revoked and she was taken into custody immediately after the verdict was read.

Madden's father had the opportunity to speak with his daughter before she was transported to jail.

"I told her I still loved her, that's unconditional. That's my baby, that's my oldest child. It hurts, but God has already told me everything is going to be alright," Frank Madden told Nashville's News 2.

Madden, 19, faces 15 to 25 years in prison on the second degree murder charge.

Madden acknowledged stabbing Stewart but claimed it was self-defense against her larger and more athletic roommate.   She rejected a plea deal last summer.

Prosecutors had argued for first degree murder when they said that the killing was premeditated and intentional after Stewart reported Madden for smoking marijuana.

Stewart was a veteran on the Lady Raiders team.

The team was preparing for the Sun Belt Conference tournament when she was killed.  They lost in their opening game.

Madden's sentencing is set for July 16.

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