Convicted Murderer Wants New Trial

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Shanterrica Madden has filed a request for a new trial. The former MTSU student, who was convicted of murdering her roommate, wants another day in court.

Attorney Joe Brandon filed the motion for a new trial stating that there was not adequate evidence to convict his client of second degree murder

The request also alleges the sentence was excessive and not in compliance with law as well as convicted murder's constitutional rights were violated when jurors were allowed to ask questions. 


Back in May, 2012, it took the Chattanooga jury just a few hours to reach a verdict in the Tina Stewart murder trial. Circuit Court Judge Don Ash delivered the jury's verdict against Shanterrica Madden.


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In December, 2011, Attorney Brandon asked that Judge Don Ash recuse himself from the case. Brandon accused the judge of lacking impartiality in the case. Brandon brought this issue up again in the request for a new trial.  

Shanterrica Madden was convicted of stabbing her roommate to death on March 2, 2011. After the stabbing, the boyfriend of Tina Stewart was reportedly the first to come to her aid. He dialed 9-1-1 and waited with her until paramedics arrived at the scene. She died later that evening at the hospital. 

The stabbing allegedly occurred after Madden and Stewart got into a verbal confrontation over Madden allowing a friend to smoke marijuana in their off campus apartment. 

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