MTSU Student Called Police On Roommate Before Murder
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The attorney for the MTSU student charged in the murder of a MTSU basketball player filed a motion requesting that investigators preserve Twitter postings that could possibly help his client's case.
Shanterrica Madden was arrested and charged with first-degree murder last week for the stabbing death of her roommate, 21-year-old Tina Stewart. Stewart was a member of the Lady Raider basketball team. The two shared an off-campus apartment.
According to the court filing, Stewart had posted derogatory statements about Madden and was possibly planning to assault her. All of this before the fatal fight that ended in the death of the young co-ed.
According to the filing from shortly before her death, 21-year-old Tina Stewart tweeted, "I just called police on my roommate. I feel like a snitch, but I don't like that b----."
The Wednesday filing then states that an unknown individual replied to the post with the words "don't hurt her."
"There was a series of unforeseen circumstances that led to the death of Ms. Stewart. Ms. Madden had no desire to kill Ms. Stewart, nothing along those lines, it was just a series of unfortunate events that unfolded that led to the tragic death of Ms. Stewart," said Joe Brandon.
Brandon asserts that the stabbing was in self-defense and said the knife belonged to Stewart.
Madden is currently being held in the Rutherford County jail. She has a preliminary court hearing on Friday.