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Day Two Of MTSU Student's Murder Trial

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Day two of testimony ended Thursday evening in the trial of the Middle Tennessee State University freshman accused of stabbing her roommate to death.

Shanterrica Madden, 19, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Tina Stewart.

Madden has said she acted in self-defense when she killed the 21-year-old Lady Raiders junior guard during a fight in their off-campus apartment on March 2, 2011.

The first witness to take the stand Thursday morning was Murfreesboro Police detective Paul Mongold. The prosecution led him through the evidence, including knives that were found in the dumpster, a bloody jacket, cigars, a blanket and clothes.

Sherri Bickford, the general manager at Raiders Crossing, took the stand after the morning break. Bickford testified that the apartment complex used a resident's profile to determine placement of residents.

The prosecution presented a resident's profile that stated Stewart requested Lady Raiders' teammate Kortni Jones to be her roommate. Bickford said since they moved in during different months, it was too complicated to make them roommates.

Murfreesboro Police Detective Haley Alden testified that she was assigned to take Madden to Raiders Crossing to consent to a search, and showed detectives the dumpster where the knives were located.

Prosecution entered Madden's clothing that was collected on the night of the stabbing as evidence while questioning detective Tannas Knox. Knox said she noticed no obvious injuries on Madden while collecting the clothing. She did, however, notice a slit down Madden's sports bra, and asked her if it happened that night. She said Madden looked down, and then hesitantly said "yes".

After a lunch break, the prosecution called three Murfreesboro police detectives to the stand. The prosecution entered several photos from the crime scene and walked each detective through the night of the stabbing.

Two of the most important witnesses to take the stand for the prosecution could be Madden's friend, Renee Reese, who will likely be called to testify about the fight she saw and heard between Madden and Stewart on the day of the stabbing. Prosecutors said in their opening statements that Reese will testify that she saw Madden carrying a blanket and blood on Madden's clothes when she left the apartment.

Stewart's boyfriend, KC Anuna, is also expected to take the stand. He was the one who found her body and called 911. He also allegedly confronted Madden when he arrived at the apartment.

Lawyers gave differing views of what led up the stabbing during opening statements Wednesday.

"This murder was intentional, and this murder was premeditated," said Assistant District Attorney J. Paul Newman.

"After you listen to all of the evidence in this case, (I ask) that you return a verdict of ‘not guilty'," said defense attorney Joe Brandon.

Several members of Stewart's family were the first to take the stand Wednesday; her mother, sister, and father got choked up when talking about the last time they saw her.

After that, the prosecution called her basketball coach as well as two members of her team, who all testified about the zero tolerance drug policy. Both teammates said Stewart had told them about Madden smoking marijuana in their apartment.

The medical examiner testified she examined minor cuts on Stewart's arm, shoulder, the back of her neck and a large stab wound to her chest, which was the deadly blow that injured her heart and lung.

"What I found was Mrs. Stewart had several injuries from what I would call a sharp instrument or something with a cutting edge on it, such as a knife for example," said Dr. Amy McMaster.

During cross examination, Madden's defense team raised questions about the human brain, suggesting its not fully developed until the age of 25.

Prosecutors fired back, saying "developed or not they know if they're killing somebody."

"He indicated that somebody who might not yet be 25, may have problems knowing they're killing somebody. That's not normal is it?" asked Newman.

"Again I would consider that outside my area of expertise," answered Dr. McMaster.

Jurors heard the 911 call of Stewart's boyfriend in court Wednesday. Anuna yelled Stewart's name several times and asked her to "keep moving".

Murfreesboro Police Officer Kristy Inglish has testified that the former Middle Tennessee State University student accused of killing her roommate during a fight never complained of any injury.

On Thursday, the friend who was on the phone with Stewart before her death testified about what she heard. Charnera Macklin said that she thought everything was okay when she received a text message from Stewart.

Testimony showed that Madden actually sent two text message out pretending she was Stewart after stabbing her. The prosecution also asked questions to allow the jury to get a sense of Madden demeanor after being in police custody.

Testimony ended for the day around 5:15 p.m.  The trial was scheduled to continue Friday morning at 9:30 a.m.

NewsChannel 5+ and will have live gavel to gavel coverage of the trial.

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