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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The attorney for the 18-year-old charged with stabbing Middle Tennessee guard Tina Stewart to death said his client turned the basketball player's own knife on her during a fight.
An MTSU freshman, Madden is being held without bond on a charge of first-degree murder. Her attorney won a request that Madden be photographed by police to document her swollen eyes and an abrasion above her left eye as proof of the fight.
Police said they responded to an anonymous 911 call at Raider's Crossing Apartments on Wednesday night, and found the 21-year-old student with multiple stab wounds. Stewart was taken to Middle Tennessee Medical Center where she died from her wounds.
Madden's attorney said the murder weapon was a kitchen knife that belonged to the victim.
"She used a knife belonging to Ms. Stewart, it got turned on Ms. Stewart. Ms. Stewart had the knife in her own possession, and Ms. Stewart unfortunately ended up getting stabbed with her own knife," said Brandon.
NewsChannel 5 has learned that the pair were not roommates by choice.
Police said it was a fight between roommates that grew violent. No motive has been released, but they said they know what didn't happen.
"I can tell you that this is not some type of love triangle. We do not believe this to to be some type of inappropriate behavior that was done on behalf of our victim," said Kyle Evans with the Murfreesboro Police Department. "But we're looking to see what exactly led up to the murder and assault."
There have been reports that Tina Stewart's boyfriend,a fellow student athlete, walked in on the scuffle.
Madden has never had any problems with the law before. She is a pre-law student on scholarship at the University.
Madden is being held without bond. A bond and preliminary hearing is scheduled to be held next week.
Athletic director Chris Massaro met Thursday with players from the women's team. The Blue Raiders will decide whether they play in the Sun Belt Conference tournament.
A vigil in honor of Stewart has been planned for 6 p.m. Thursday on campus at the Murphy Center. Stewart was a junior guard for the MTSU Lady Blue Raiders. She had scored 7 points in Sunday's game against Western Kentucky University.
(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)