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Key Evidence Uncovered In High Profile Murder Trial

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by Nick Beres

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - NewsChannel 5 has gained access to the criminal court file and key evidence in the high profile Shanterrica Madden murder trial.

Jury selection began this week in Chattanooga.

Madden is charged with first degree murder in the stabbing death of Tina Stewart last year.  Madden claims self defense.

Madden and Stewart were roommates at an off-campus apartment and both were students at MTSU. Madden was majoring in pre-law and Stewart was a star on the basketball team.

NewsChannel 5 obtained police video of the apartment where the stabbing occurred.  It shows the kitchen where three steak knives were missing and blood in Stewart's bedroom where she collapsed.  There is also possible evidence of a fight where the bathroom door is damaged.

"It's really a tell tale piece of evidence if there was a struggle and you are arguing self-defense," said NewsChannel 5 legal analyst Nick Leonardo.

In addition to video there are also photographs of the missing knives found in a dumpster, including the one police believe was used in the stabbing.  The knife is broken at the handle.

There is also a 911 call from the boyfriend who found Stewart:

"9-1-1 Emergency ... Hello, Hello ... please come to Hazelwood apartments.  Please. What's going on? My girl's bleeding to death, please!"

Prosecutors did not offer a realistic plea deal, according to the defense.  The trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday in Murfreesboro.

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