Update in Madison Nelson murder

By: Kristen Shanahan Email
By: Kristen Shanahan Email

MADILL, OK -- Sixteen-year-old Madison Nelson was found stabbed to death on August 2, 2011. Nearly two months later the man accused of her death will head to court.

Keith Titsworth is charged with First Degree Murder. He is accused of stabbing Madison Nelson to death. Titsworth was living at an Ardmore home with Maddie and her mother at the time. Ardmore Police say they thoroughly investigated all the people involved in the case and explain right now they have no evidence indicating that the girl was in danger before she was killed.

"I know people are very concerned anytime someone is killed, especially a child. It's of great concern to a lot of people, and it's certainly a great concern to us," Ryan Hunnicutt, Ardmore Police Department's Public Information Officer said.

Titsworth's preliminary hearing is set for October 6th, and as the trial nears friends and family remember Madison.

Linda Carter says Maddie had lived with her since she was about 8-years-old. She says since her granddaughter's murder every day is a struggle, but the family has slowly been healing.

"I've been doing good. I've been doing a lot better. I've had a lot of support, love, and prayers," Carter said.

Maddie's friends say they still feel the gap of Madison's absence. Kelly Downes says the empty space was especially painful during the first few weeks at Madill High School.

"It definitely felt different at school because you always knew where Maddie was," Downes said.

Caleb Davis agrees the rooms are a little dimmer without Maddie's bright smile.

"Every time she stepped in a room the room was just filled with joy and happiness, you know, that was just the kind of person she was. It's her personality," Davis said.

Carter remembers Madison as a fun, loving, and caring kid who often tested her. She says Maddie "grew up too fast too soon" and there are just too many memories with to share, but Carter says she does know one thing for sure.

"There's so many memories of her. I just know that she thought a lot of me," Carter said.

Her grandmother says she and Maddie shared a very special bond, and that they were inseparable.

"I know that when she was little, she just, I meant, she thought I was it I guess. It was Granny, Granny, Granny, Granny all the time. Right behind me," Carter said.

The last night Carter says she spent with Maddie, just days before her murder, was full of love and plenty of hugs.

"She's always coming up to me and giving me hugs, and I love you Granny," Carter said.

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