Monday, May 7 2012 7:19 AM EDT2012-05-07 11:19:47 GMT
Shanterrica Madden, the former MTSU student accused of stabbing her roommate to death, is scheduled to go to trial next month. But her attorney is asking that the judge remove himself from the case because of his connections to the university.More >>
Monday, May 7 2012 7:19 AM EDT2012-05-07 11:19:47 GMT
The judge in a high-profile murder case against a former Middle Tennessee State University student accused of killer her roommate has ruled on the trial's venue.More >>
MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -
Former MTSU student Shanterrica Madden, who is accused of stabbing her roommate Tina Stewart weren't even supposed to be roommates in the first place, according to a cross complaint filed court today.
Madden, 19, is now suing Raiders Crossing Apartment for $360,000, claiming the apartment is partly to blame for Stewart's death.
Tina Stewart's father is speaking out for the first time since the death.
"It's as if she's still with us here right now," Adrian Lee Jackson said.
Jackson and his wife, Ida Stewart Jackson, said losing their daughter still hurts as much today as it did nearly a year ago.
"It's not a daily struggle; it's a struggle every minute of the day," he said.
Tina Stewart's mother couldn't hold back the tears as the slain basketball star was honored at senior day last weekend at MTSU.
"We're still trying to get over the hurt," she said.
He found out this Saturday that Madden would be filing a cross-complaint, suing Raiders Crossing Apartments.
"We really could care less what Madden is doing; Madden has to deal with the court system. Right is not always right," Adrian Lee Jackson said.
Madden's attorney, Joe Brandon, filed the complaint this morning in Rutherford County Circuit Court. The complaint states:
"That Raiders Crossing Defendants failed to protect Ms. Shanterrica Madden; That Raiders Crossing acted intentionally, recklessly, fraudulently, and maliciously in the placement of Ms. Clantina Stewart in a room with Ms. Shanterrica Madden.
Brandon chose not to comment, but did say the complaint speaks for itself.
Nashville attorney David Raybin represents the Jackson family in a $20 million wrongful death civil lawsuit against Madden. He added the Raiders Crossing Apartment as a defendant in early February.
"Had the apartment complex acted on the actual knowledge they possessed even back in 2010 with respect to Ms. Stewart, none of this would have occurred," Joe Brandon said in an interview two weeks ago in response to an amended complaint filed by Raybin.
The complaint paints a different picture of the star basketball player, claiming she had conflicts and arguments with at least two prior roommates. She was relocated at least once because of previous threats.
Stewart and Madden weren't even supposed to be roommates according to the complaint. Madden was told her roommate was someone else, and she only found she was going to be placed with Stewart the day she moved into the complex.
MTSU does not have a role in assigning roommates at the apartment complex. An earlier version of this story stated the university and apartment did have that role.
In January, Madden's mother, Shantel, encouraged her to call office staff to discuss the escalating problem she was having with Stewart and her boyfriend at the time, K.C. Anuna, according to the cross complaint.
The complaint also includes some of Tina Stewart's Twitter postings that we first reported last Tuesday. According to the complaint, "Although Ms. Stewart alleges that she was opposed to marijuana, on Oct. 25, after having been tweeting with "#howyouathug", Ms. Stewart tweeted, "I feel like I'm in jail for weed and feel like the damn police need to be looking for real crime…not petty s***."
Stewart also tweeted about alcohol use, and her apparent dislike for Madden. The complaint states, "On January 21, 2011, Ms. Stewart intensifies her anger at Ms. Madden; specifically, Ms. Stewart tweeted, "Morning..I think my roommate mad cuz (sic) we make too much noise..haha well b**** I'm bout (sic) make you living w/me hell. No sleep for u!!"
Tina Stewart's family said despite what's said about their daughter, the fact remains their daughter is the one that's dead. They said they are going to let the civil and criminal cases play out in court.
Madden is scheduled to stand trial on first-degree murder and charges of tampering with evidence in early May.
Copyright 2012 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Friday, August 29 2014 2:20 PM EDT2014-08-29 18:20:38 GMT
Tony Stewart should be back in his comfort zone at a NASCAR track, ready for racing.More >>
Unshaven and with a quivering voice, NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart said the death of Kevin Ward Jr. will "affect my life forever" as he returned to the track Friday for the first time since his car struck and killed the...More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 2:00 PM EDT2014-08-29 18:00:30 GMT
Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May says the country has raised the terror threat level from substantial to severe, but says there is no specific threat.More >>
Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Friday to plug gaps in Britain's armory to combat terror, describing the extremist threat posed by the Islamic State group as being more dangerous than even that of al-Qaida.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 1:50 PM EDT2014-08-29 17:50:12 GMT
Officials said they discovered on July 24 that 1,700 index cards maintained by Children's Special Services were missing.More >>
Officials said they discovered on July 24 that 1,700 index cards maintained by Children's Special Services were missing. The cards contain information about clients, including names, addresses and Social Security numbers.More >>
While you were sleeping, the Internet never stopped… Here's what's trending today. ‘Exasperated' boy reacts to mom's pregnancy "What were you thinking? This makes no sense… This is exasperating!" AMore >>
While you were sleeping, the Internet never stopped… Here's what's trending today.More >>