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MTSU Roommate Stabbing Case Bound Over To Grand Jury

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The MTSU student accused of stabbing her roommate to death returned to court on Thursday for a preliminary hearing. The case has been bound over to the grand jury.

For the first time, Shanterrica Madden appeared in court in her own clothes instead of handcuffs and an orange jump suit. She was released on $100,000 bond on March 11 and returned home to Memphis.

Madden is charged in the March 2nd stabbing death of MTSU basketball player, Tina Stewart, in the apartment they shared.

The only person who testified was Detective Michael Taylor with the Murfreesboro Police Department.

He described what the victim's bedroom looked like when he entered.

"Upon entering that room, there was a large pool of saturated blood. It would be close to the center of the room, but moreso next to the bed that was in that room," said Taylor.

In a videotaped interview Shanterrica Madden told police after her arrest what happened in the apartment that lead her to stab her roommate to death.

In the video, which was presented as evidence, Madden originally denied stabbing Stewart. She later went on to confess.

Madden told police that Stewart had called the police on her for smoking marijuana.

She said she went to Stewart's bedroom to ask why. She said Stewart asked her to leave the room and as she did, she accidentally bumped her and that is when Stewart hit her.

She said that they were hitting each other and there was a knife on the bed. She said in the video that she grabbed it and stabbed Stewart in the chest area.

That's when she said she saw Stewart was not breathing and turned off the lights and closed the door to Stewart's room.

Madden told police she disposed of the knife in a trash can outside of the apartment complex. Police later found two knives in the trash.

Madden said she called a friend and her mother after the fight but did not tell them what exactly what happened. She also said Stewart's boyfriend came to the apartment, but she told him she wasn't there because she did not want him to find her.

Both women's families were in the courtroom as well as other MTSU basketball players; many of them cried during the playing of the videotape.

Madden has been charged with first-degree murder, but her attorney has said it was self-defense.

The grand jury has been set for May 16.

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(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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