Attorney: Former student deserves retrial for roommate's death - WKRN News 2

Attorney: Former MTSU student deserves retrial for roommate's death

Posted: Updated: Nov 14, 2013 08:37 AM CST
Shanterrica Madden was convicted of second degree murder in May of 2012. Shanterrica Madden was convicted of second degree murder in May of 2012.
Tina Stewart was stabbed to death in March of 2011. Tina Stewart was stabbed to death in March of 2011.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -

The attorney for the former Middle Tennessee State University student convicted of stabbing her basketball player roommate to death two years ago says she deserves a mistrial because the presiding judge was Facebook friends with the victim's coach.

Shanterrica Madden was found guilty in May 2012 for murdering Tina Stewart in the apartment they shared in 2011. She was sentenced to 29 years in prison.

According to The Daily News Journal, attorney Joe Brandon told the court of appeals Wednesday that Judge Don Ash had 205 Facebook connections to supporters of MTSU and it's women's basketball team, including the coach, before defriending them prior to the trial.

The Tennessee Criminal Court of Appeals is expected to rule on the mistrial request within six months to a year.

Madden's attorney maintains that her sixth amendment right to a fair and impartial trial was violated, stating Judge Ash sealed his social records to make it impossible to discover who he defriended.

*The Daily News Journal contributed to this report.

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