Madden vs. State of Tennessee goes into its third day
The next tapes depict the remainder of MPD Detective Taylor’s interview with Shanterrica Madden, during which she admits to stabbing her roommate, Lady Raider Tina Stewart.
Taylor told Madden that she was at a crossroads, and had taken a few steps down the wrong path. He added he was giving her a chance to redirect herself down the right one.
Madden asked, “Would this be life?”
Taylor told her it was a possibility, but the jury would be more sympathetic if she told the truth than if she continued to lie.
“You’re coming across very selfish, like you don’t care about Tina,” Taylor said.
Madden said she would tell the truth, and said she and Stewart got into a “heated argument” after Officer Jensen’s visit regarding Madden’s marijuana use. The altercation became physical, and Madden said she grabbed the kitchen knife off Stewart’s bed while Stewart was beating her head.
Madden told Taylor that after she stabbed Stewart, she saw Stewart fall to the ground, and left the room.
Madden said she went into the bedroom one more time that night.
“I went in to see if she was breathing, but I didn’t want to touch her,” Madden said. “I just wanted to listen to the sound.”
The tape shows Madden writing her statement and signing a consent to search. Another tape shows Taylor taking swab samples of the blood on Madden’s hands.
With Detective Taylor on the stand, the court was shown a video of Taylor interrogating Madden the night of March 2.
The 38-minute segment depicted Madden retelling her perspective of the night’s events and her altercation with Stewart.
Madden said she and Stewart fought, but Stewart left directly afterward and walked outside without her keys.
“She didn’t have her keys, so I didn’t think she was going far,” Madden said on the tape.
Madden told Taylor that she was walking around outside and saw a black man with dreadlocks who had approached the apartment before, demanding to see Stewart. She alluded to him being responsible for Stewart’s death.
“I’ve been in this business 15 years, and I don’t believe you,” Taylor said.
Madden also complained of injury in the tape.
“I didn’t think anything was wrong with Tina because when Tina left, Tina seemed fine. I’m the only one that feels like I’m in pain because my eye is hurting. And I got this scratch right there and my jaw feels swollen,” she said during the interview.
The detective asked her if she was aware that her roommate was lying on the cold slab over at the hospital, and Madden said she was.
For the remainder of the first segment, Madden insists she is telling the truth.
Renee Reese, a friend of Madden’s who was at their Raiders Crossing apartment when Stewart was killed, has testified in regards to her involvement with Madden that night.
Reese said the fight began after courtesy officer Tim Jensen confronted Madden about the marijuana use in the apartment. Reese and Madden bought one gram of marijuana on campus that afternoon, and went back to the apartment to get Madden’s clothes and smoke the drug using a Cigarello.
“I could tell she was upset when she came back,” Reese said of Madden’s return from the dumpster with Jensen.
Madden knocked on Stewart’s door “like she was upset,” and Stewart answered. Reese said the two began to argue and she locked the door to Madden’s room out of fear.
Reese said she heard jumbled pieces of their conversation.
“I heard, ‘She got a knife, stop! My heart hurts, stop!’” Reese said. She also told the prosecution that she was unsure whose voice it was, and that she heard someone say, “Don’t push me.”
Reese said she heard Stewart ask Madden, “Where’s your friend? Where’s your friend? Is she scared?”
When the commotion stopped, Madden came to the door and told Reese they had to leave. Reese said she saw the blood, and asked what happened. She said Madden told her Tina cut her.
As Reese was leaving, Madden came out of Stewart’s bedroom holding a blanket and a plastic bag. Reese said the blade of a knife fell out of the blanket and landed on the carpet.
Reese saw Stewart’s leg in her bedroom, and refused to take the duffel bag Madden offered her.
“I just wanted to get out of that house, out of that situation,” Reese said.
Madden approached Reese later, and Reese said she saw Stewart’s phone in Madden’s bra. She told the courtroom that Madden quickly pushed it out of sight.
Reese said she was uncomfortable around Madden at that point.
Reese’s friends came to pick her up, but refused to let Madden in the car. Reese called and told them about the situation beforehand.
Reese said she later discovered Stewart was dead through posts in social networking site Twitter, and then called the police to offer her statement.
Reese and Madden had plans to ride back to Memphis together with Madden’s father the following Friday.
Tina Stewart’s boyfriend of two-and-a-half years testified about the night of her murder and his interactions with Shanterrica Madden, who is accused of stabbing Stewart.
KC Anuna said he found Stewart lying in her bedroom in a pool of blood after entering the apartment. He said he didn’t see her the first time he went to her bedroom because the light was off, and he asked Madden where Stewart was.
Anuna told the courtroom that Madden was in the dining area on the phone with a duffle bag on her shoulder. Madden said, “She’s not in there,” regarding Stewart’s bedroom. Anuna said Madden’s voice changed, alerting him something was wrong.
Madden followed Anuna to the bedroom, and he saw Stewart lying on the floor on her stomach.
“You did all this?” Anuna said he asked Madden. She said she didn’t do it and ran.
He said he had Stewart in his arms and was talking to her, but then “laid her down softly” and followed Madden. At the bottom of the stairs, Anuna said he was stopped by a police officer.
“Why you stopping me? She stabbed my girl,” Anuna remembered saying.
Anuna said the officer looked confused, and then they both went to find Madden. Vincent Johnson pointed them to Madden, who was hiding behind a black Mustang. Anuna said Madden then ran toward the Woodfin Funeral Home, ignoring the first police commands to stop. She eventually stopped.
Anuna told the prosecution he received a text similar to the one Macklin, Stewart’s childhood friend, received after calling her several times. It read, “About to get in the shower.” Anuna said he thought the lack of emotion in the text was unusual for Stewart.
He said he called her twice, and the ringing was cut off early, as if someone had pressed “ignore.” The third time it rang several times and went to voicemail normally.
Drug use had been an issue with the roommates, but Anuna said Stewart had insisted on handling it all herself. He recalled a day they had both smelled marijuana inside the apartment, and Stewart confronted Madden about it.
“She said, ‘you know, you a grown woman, I can’t tell you what to do, but can you not smoke weed in the apartment?’” he said he remembered.
Anuna said Madden agreed, and Stewart told him if it happened again, she planned to call the police.
Another conflict between the roommates was Anuna’s overnight stays. Anuna said after it was addressed, Stewart asked him to stop coming over so often, and he didn’t spend the night again, except for the night of Valentine’s Day.
“She just wanted everything to die down, and I respected that,” he said.
The two had plans to eventually get married, with Anuna planning to propose upon his upcoming graduation in May 2010. He said he hadn’t purchased the ring, but they had already chosen one.