Video of detective’s interview with Madden shown to jury
After testimonies from almost 40 witnesses, the Madden v. State trial heard the last of the prosecution evidence today as the trial revealed key evidence and the video testimony of Shanterrica Madden.
The prosecution ended its argument with Detective Michael Taylor of the Murfreesboro Police Department. Taylor interviewed Madden once officers took her from her Raiders Crossing apartment scene after the altercation.
Jury members watched nearly two hours of video evidence that contained Madden’s confession to stabbing Stewart. However, Madden told different versions of the night of the altercation.
Taylor testified to the court that she seemed calm and thoughtful in her answers. Madden never requested a lawyer before answering any of Taylor’s questions or telling her side of the account.
Madden’s first version of the stabbing involved seeing a strange man in the parking lot. She also said both she and Stewart left the apartment after the fight.
“I saw a man outside of the apartment,” Madden said in her testimony video. “He had come to our apartment two times before asking to see Tina, and the second time I told him she didn’t live here.
Madden described the man she saw saying that he was a dark man with dreads and about 5’6.’’ In this account of the testimony, Madden claimed Stewart was fine when she left the apartment.
After Madden told this version of the story, the video shows Taylor taking pictures of Madden and the injuries she said she sustained from the evening. When Taylor asked her to tell her story again after drawing attention to the blood on her clothing, Madden changed her account demonstrating how she stabbed Stewart.
“I grabbed the knife off the bed,” Madden said. “After I stabbed her, Tina fell to the ground and wasn’t moving. I went back to do my laundry for spring break. Later, I went and checked on Tina to see if she was still alive. I didn’t touch her, and I looked to see if she was still breathing. I just wanted to hear the sound.”
At this time, Madden said in her testimony video that K.C. Anuna entered the apartment looking for Stewart. Anuna testified that he did enter the apartment after the stabbing and found Madden packing a black duffle bag.
Madden told Anuna that Stewart was not in the apartment, but he went to Stewart’s bedroom door anyways. Anuna said that since her car was in the Raiders Crossing parking lot and after receiving a text that she was in the shower, he went back to her bedroom door to check a second time.
“I seen her on the floor,” Anuna said. “I grabbed her and that’s when it all happened. I started screaming. The first thing that came to mind was the fighting.”
Anuna said he had Stewart in his arms then laid her down softly to run after Madden. Then he called 911.
Madden and Stewart were not the only people in the apartment at the time of the altercation. Madden’s friend Renee Reese heard the fight in Stewart’s bedroom.
“I heard someone yell, ‘Stop! Stop! You’re hurting my heart!’” Reese said. “I am not sure if it was Shanterrica or Tina who said that at the time. Everything was jumbled.”
Reese was sitting on Madden’s bed during the time the altercation occurred. After the courtesy officer visit, she testified Madden went to confront Stewart as to why she told on her about calling the office. Once Madden entered Stewart’s bedroom, Reese she could only see Stewart’s door.
“Because of the situation I was in, the fight seemed to last longer than it really did,” Reese said.
Reese testified that Madden exited Stewart’s bedroom to knock on her own bedroom door to find Reese. Reese said the only blood she saw on Madden was on her arm after Madden told her that Stewart cut her. However, Reese fled the apartment once she saw the broken knife fall out of a blanket Madden later carried out of Stewart’s bedroom.
Between 5:35 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., several calls, texts and tweets were made by several individuals that were involved with either Stewart or Madden.
Jennifer West of the Murfreesboro Police Department was in charge of the data recovery for the Madden case. She informed the jury of all the calls, texts and tweets made from Stewart’s phone starting from the time she called the Raiders Crossing apartment complex to complain. The last activity on Stewart’s phone came from her sister Monika Jones, who placed a call to Stewart.
Three outgoing calls were cancelled along with two texts sent from Stewart’s phone after the fight. One of the text messages went to her friend Charnera Macklin. The other text message went to Anuna. Both witnesses testified that neither text sounded like Stewart.
Day four of the trial will pick up with defense beginning their case. Attorney Joe Brandon Jr. is the defense attorney for Madden, who is accused of first degree murder after stabbing her roommate, Lady Raider Tina Stewart, in their apartment.