The woman who killed MTSU Lady Raider Basketball star Tina Stewart asked the courts again for a new trial this past May. In her latest request she headed to the Tennessee Supreme Court suggesting that Judge Don Ash should have recused himself from the case because he was FaceBook friends with the MTSU basketball coach over Stewarts team.
Shanterrica Madden stabbed Stewart to death in March of 2011 inside the apartment the two shared. Madden's attorney Joe Brandon asked Judge Ash to remove himself from the trial in the very beginning of the trial because of his Facebook friend status with Rick Insell, the Lady Raiders Head Coach.
The Tennessee Court of Appeals already shut down the idea of a new trial which is why it had to be presented to the Supreme Court this past May. However, the Supreme Court confirmed this week they would not allow for a new trial. The application was denied by Judge John Everett Williams and concurred by Judge Camille McMullen.
Madden will remain behind bars for the murder of Stewart. She will be eligible for parole in 2037.
Looking back to 2012, it took a jury only a few hours to reach a verdict in the murder trial.
That was Circuit Court Judge Don Ash reading the jury's verdict against Madden. She was sentenced to spend 29-years behind bars. She is being held in the Mark H. Luttrell Correctional Center located in Memphis.
About the prison where Madden is being held:
Mark H. Luttrell Correctional Center (MLCC) is one of two female facilities in the state prison system. Opened in 1976 as a male institution, the facility was converted for females in June, 1999. It operates with approximately 436 inmates.
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. SHANTERRICA MADDEN
Case Number: M2012-02473-SC-R11-CD