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Madden Appeals 29 Year Sentence in Stewart Murder

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MURFREESBORO, TN (WMOT) – Convicted murderer Shanterrica Madden is appealing her conviction in the stabbing death of MTSU basketball standout Tina Stewart.

Madden's defense attorney, Joe Brandon Jr., filed an appeal Wednesday to the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

Madden stood trial in May of 2012 in Murfreesboro on a charge of first degree murder. Jurors returned a verdict of second-degree murder.

Police say she stabbed her former roommate, Stewart,  in 2011 as the two women first argued then fought in their off-campus apartment.

In his filing, Brandon contends Madden’s 29 year sentence is excessive. He also contends the judge should have recused himself due to his connections with MTSU.  In addition, Brandon will challenge the way jurors were instructed and what he sees as a lack of evidence.

Madden’s appeal on many of the same issues was rejected last fall by a lower court.