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Attorney Seeks New Judge, New Venue In MTSU Stabbing Trial

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Shanterrica Madden Shanterrica Madden
Tina Stewart Tina Stewart

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.- The attorney for the former MTSU student accused of stabbing her roommate to death has asked the judge to recuse himself from the case.

The attorney for Shanterrica Madden, Joe Brandon, said the judge in the case can't be fair and lacks impartiality in the case.

Brandon also asked that Madden's trial be moved to another area of the state because of media coverage the case has received.

Madden is accused of stabbing and killing her roommate, Lady Raider's basketball star Tina Stewart during a fight in their apartment back in March of 2011. Madden claimed the act was in self-defense.

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

In the video, 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.

The trial for Madden is set for January 31, 2012

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