MURFREESBORO, Tenn.- In pretrial motions on Monday, a judge laid out ground rules before proceeding with the murder trial of Shanterrica Madden.
Madden was charged with the 2011 murder of MTSU basketball player Tina Stewart in their off-campus apartment, Raiders Crossing.
Stewart's family has asked for $20 million from both Madden and Raiders Crossing Apartments in a wrongful death lawsuit. In a civil suit, Madden has sought $360,000 for emotional distress from the complex.
On Monday, the District Attorney asked the judge to consider allowing hearings outside the jury, before deciding if attorneys can ask witnesses questions with that civil suit. The Judge told the District Attorney he would first have to find "case law" to back up any questions that may be asked to witnesses in connection to the civil lawsuits.
"Well I've looked and I can't find any case law that says it's relevant- maybe a statement somebody said is relevant, but I can't find a case law, after somebody's death, was somehow relevant to the case," said Judge Don Ash.