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Jury selected for trial of MTSU player's death

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Jury selection has finished for the murder trial of a woman accused of killing a Middle Tennessee State University basketball player last year.

Shanterrica Madden, a former freshman at the school, is accused of stabbing her roommate, Tina Stewart, to death at their apartment March 2, 2011.

A pool of 147 potential jurors showed up at a Chattanooga courthouse on Monday. From that, a final jury of 12 people and a few alternates were selected Tuesday.

Testimony is scheduled to begin Wednesday morning in Murfreesboro.

Madden faces charges of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence, but she claims she killed Stewart in self defense.

Prior to the fight between the two, Stewart called apartment security to report Madden and a friend were smoking marijuana in their apartment.

The jury is expected to have a lot of evidence to consider, including the chilling 911 tape from Tina Stewart's former boyfriend who found her after the stabbing.

The 1 minute, 51-second call includes a crucial piece of information for investigators when the ex-boyfriend apparently came face-to-face with Madden when he arrived at the Raiders Ridge Apartments. According to court documents, Madden told him Tina wasn't there.

The state is hoping to provide a timeline of the murder using phone records, text messages and other evidence collected at the scene.

Police video from the case file indicates knives missing from the kitchen, a cell phone on the sofa and a kick mark on Madden's bathroom door, where police kicked it in to make sure no one else was in the apartment.

Judge Don Ash has set aside eight days for the trial. The jury will be sequestered during the trial, which means they will have to stay together, eat together and can't watch the news or read the paper.

Channel 4 News will stream the trial live on WSMV.com.

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