Jury selection begins in roommate murder trial

(WMC-TV) – Jury selection has begun for a case that shocked the Mid-South, involving two young Memphis women.

The women were roommates at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. Now, one of those girls is dead and the other in on trial for her murder.

Shanterrica Madden's attorney said she was acting in self defense when she stabbed her roommate, Tina Stewart, during an argument.

Hours after the stabbing, Madden gave investigators a videotaped version of what she claims happened.

"I grabbed that knife after she still had my head down and pounding on my head and I grabbed the knife, she was coming towards me."

Both women were graduates of Central High School. They became roommates in an off-campus apartment, not by assignment, but by choice.

Sometime after that, the women's relationship became violent.

Investigators say Tina Stewart was stabbed in her upper chest, head, shoulder, and arm. She died shortly afterward.

Madden turned down a plea deal that was offered to her and that open the way for a murder trial.

Her attorneys have expressed concerns about pre-trial publicity. A judge ruled that Madden will be on trial in Murfreesboro but the jury will be selected in Chattanooga.

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