Commonwealth Journal

December 2, 2011

PCDC inmate indicted for capital murder

By JEFF NEAL, CJ News Editor
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — A Richmond man who pleaded guilty last month to holding several people hostage at a local business could now face the death penalty after being indicted for murder in Madison County.

Jason Singleton, 35, and Christina Tompkins Marcum, 29, of Nicholasville, were indicted on capital murder charges Wednesday, according to the Richmond Register.

Singleton and Marcum are accused of the murder and dismemberment of Singleton’s wife, Angela Frazier Singleton, 25, whose body was found in trash bags last Jan. 19 in a Madison County field.

They also were indicted for tampering with physical evidence. Singleton also was indicted for third-degree arson and abuse of a corpse, and Marcum was indicted for first-degree hindering apprehension or prosecution, the Richmond Register reported.

The two “... committed the offense of murder by beating and strangling Angela Frazier Singleton, causing her death,” according to the indictment. “Between Jan. 16 and Jan. 20 ... (Singleton and Marcum) committed the offense of tampering with physical evidence by removing, destroying, concealing and altering the body of Angela Frazier Singleton, the car belonging to (Angela) and other evidence including body fluids, flooring, clothing and the implements used to dismember Ms. Singleton.”

Kentucky State Police Trooper Paul Blanton said Jason Singleton and Marcum had a relationship at the time of the killing.

Blanton said he could not say what role Marcum played in the killing but said "she has been charged with the exact same murder charge that he was."

On Jan. 20, Singleton held several Super Service employees hostage in their workplace before he surrendered to Somerset Police after a stand-off of around 20 to 25 minutes.

The Richmond Register reported that after Singleton surrendered to Somerset Police, he made “a voluntary, unsolicited statement that he had done a terrible thing,” something that was “too terrible to talk about” and that the state police were looking for him, according to an affidavit.

A Somerset Police officer said he heard Singleton say “he wished the police would have killed him” in the armed standoff.

The detectives noted that Singleton “smelled strongly of smoke, and his clothes and vehicle were covered with a black film that was possibly soot from a fire.”

When state and Madison County detectives executed a search warrant at the Singletons' house in Richmond, they found a knife and an electric saw. There was soot on the wall and a smell as if something had been burned. Part of the carpet and floor had recently been removed, police have said.

Singleton appeared in Pulaski Circuit Court last month and pleaded guilty to four counts of unlawful imprisonment — merged into one count — and first-degree criminal mischief, according to information from Commonwealth’s Attorney Eddy F. Montgomery’s office.

Singleton was indicted by a Pulaski County grand jury on March 7 on four counts of kidnapping, one count of first-degree burglary, one count of first-degree criminal mischief and one count of theft by unlawful taking in connection with the Somerset incident.

He initially pleaded not guilty to those charges.

During Singleton’s Pulaski Circuit Court appearance,  Montgomery emphasized that the case in Pulaski County against Singleton has no bearing on the charges he’s facing in Madison County.

During last month’s proceedings, Montgomery recommended five years in prison for the unlawful imprisonment count, and five years for the criminal mischief charge to run consecutively for a total of 10 years in prison.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge David A. Tapp set a sentencing hearing for Dec. 20.

Singleton remains in the Pulaski County Detention Center where he is being held without bond.

According to the Richmond Register, it has not been determined when Singleton will be transported to Madison County to face the murder indictment. He will be held there on a $1 million bond.

Marcum is being held in the Madison County jail on a $500,000 bond.

An indictment is a formal statement of charges and does not imply guilt.

The Richmond Register and CJ Staff Writer Heather Tomlinson contributed to this story.