Jury Deciding ‘Stand Your Ground’ Case Of Shanterrica Madden
Authorities say college basketball player tried to cover up the stabbing of roommate
A jury in Tennessee is considering the “Stand Your Ground” case of Shanterrica Madden, a state university basketball player who is accused of stabbing her college roommate to death in 2011.
After four days of testimony last week, during which Madden took the stand in her own defense, prosecutors tried to convince a jury that Madden covered up the murder of her roommate and fellow MTSU Lady Raider teammate, Tina Stewart.
Although she’s charged with first-degree murder, Madden claims she stabbed Stewart in self-defense, reports The Daily News Journal:
“I picked up the knife to defend myself,” Madden said. “She wasn’t listening to me. I was in fear that I was going to get hurt and it would be a major injury.”
Madden added she was “scared.”
“I just wanted it to stop,” she said.
After realizing that she had killed Stewart, Madden said she at first felt suicidal and tried to straighten the bent knife she earlier had used to defend herself.
“I wanted to kill myself because I hurt her and I wasn’t trying to do it,” she testified.
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Madden apologized to Stewart’s family for not doing enough to save her roommate before she bled out on the floor of a bedroom in their apartment.
Prosecutors argue that Madden’s choice to discard a knife, a bloodied bed sheet and an iPhone, as well as transmitting text messages to Stewart’s friends as though she were still alive, invalidate her self-defense claim.
If convicted, Madden faces a sentence of life with the possibility of parole. A jury could convict her on lesser offenses, including second-degree murder, which carries a minimum of 15 years. A voluntary manslaughter would carry a minimum of three years, the Daily News Journal reports.
Tennessee law mandates that a person convicted of murder must spend at least 51 years in prison before becoming eligible for a parole hearing before the parole board.