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Accused killer sues for not being kept from victim

Updated: February 25, 2012 5:24PM

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — A college student accused of stabbing her roommate to death in 2011 is suing the complex where they lived — for failing to separate the two despite knowing they had problems with one another.

In the lawsuit, Shanterrica Madden, 19, who is charged with fatally stabbing Tina Stewart, 21, in 2011, says she and her mother had requested on more than one occasion that other living arrangements be made for Madden or Stewart because the two women weren’t getting along.

The suit says that Stewart on several occasions posted to Twitter that she disliked her roommate, thought she was “ugly” and even went as far as tormenting her by leaving loud music on while she (Stewart) left their apartment “just to (upset) her.” She also called Madden several derogatory names in numerous posts.

The suit says that the apartment complex had a duty to separate the two women once management was informed of problems, but Madden and her mother were told the two needed to “sort it out.”

“Ms. Shanterrica Madden has suffered extreme emotional distress and actual harm as a result of the failure (by the apartment complex),” the suit says.

The two attended Middle Tennessee University.

Gannett News Service

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