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Madden Takes the Stand in Own Defense

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Shanterrica Madden took the stand Saturday. Shanterrica Madden took the stand Saturday.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.- The trial against Shanterrica Madden is close to wrapping up. Saturday night both sides rested their cases, but not before putting the key witness on the stand.

This was not an easy day for either day in court, but for the Stewart family it seemed to be a bit of relief as this trial comes to an end.

On day four of the murder trial, Shanterrica Madden took the stand and demonstrated how she stabbed her roommate, MTSU basketball star Tina Stewart. Madden gave a play by play of what happened the day she stabbed and killed her roommate.

"During the fight, I was yelling for Tina to stop, to let me go, and she just wouldn't do it," Madden explained.  "I was beggin', and she act like she didn't hear me, and I was scared. I was scared she was going to hurt me."

After she stabbed her, she explained that she grabbed the blanket off the floor, went to the kitchen, then started grabbing things like the knives and garbage bags to throw away the evidence.

When asked why, she replied, "I was scared. I didn't know what to do."

Madden then said she wanted to kill herself when she realized she had killed Stewart.

"I wanted to kill myself," said Madden. "Because I hurt her, and I wasn't trying to do it.

Stewart's family sat, filled with emotion as they listened to a teary-eyed Madden explain why she left Tina to die.

"I should have helped her, but my mind was everywhere, and I'm sorry I didn't help her; I'm just sorry. I could have saved her. I'm sorry."

Court will resume on Monday for closing arguments.

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