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Friday, October 28, 2011
No plea deal for Shanterrica Madden

Associated Press

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- A woman charged with killing a Middle Tennessee State University basketball player who was her roommate has been unable to reach a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Shanterrica Madden, 19, has said she acted in self-defense when she stabbed Tina Stewart to death during a fight on March 2.

Madden is charged with first-degree murder. Her attorney, Joe Brandon Jr., has said he does not believe the prosecution can make a case for that charge.

During a brief plea hearing on Friday, attorneys agreed to continue moving toward a Jan. 31 trial.

"It was an unfortunate series of events that led to an unforeseen result," Brandon said after the hearing. "I'm confident that is what the proof is going to show."

Madden and Stewart were attending MTSU and living together in an off-campus apartment when the fight occurred. Both were from Memphis. Stewart's friends have said the roommates did not get along.

According to court filings, Stewart tweeted shortly before her death: "I just called police on my roommate. I feel like a snitch, but I don't like that (obscenity)."

Murfreesboro Police have said that possible drug use at the apartment is part of the investigation into Stewart's death, although police do not believe Stewart was using drugs.

A motions hearing is set for Nov. 28. Madden is currently free on bond. She also faces a $20 million wrongful death lawsuit from Stewart's parents.