Shanterrica Madden has been charged with first-degree homicide for the murder of 21-year-old Middle Tennessee State basketball player Tina Stewart. On Thursday, it's being reported that Stewart acted in self-defense. From the Daily News Journal:
After this morning's hearing, [Madden's attorney Joe] Brandon told a reporter that his client acted in self defense. The defendant was being beaten up by Stewart, Brandon claimed, when she used Stewart's own knife in self defense.
Madden, an 18-year-old freshman at MTSU, was to be photographed and examined for injuries that would indicate a struggle. Meanwhile, MTSU athletic director Chris Massaro spoke in remembrance of Stewart:
"She was a great kid," Massaro said. "This is shocking and devastating, not only to her teammates, but to other athletes on other teams. It's really difficult."She was a great kid, she was a fighter and she was a competitor. When I think of her right now, I think of her smile and grin. She would light up a room. It's hard to describe, it's hard for me to find words. I wish you all could have got to know her."