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March 19, 2014

SPD officer testifies in Marcum trial

Richmond, Ky. —

The murder trial of Christina Marcum — the former girlfriend of Jason Singleton, who in early 2011 held several people hostage at a local business and who would eventually plead guilty to his role in his wife’s death — continues this week, with testimony from a number of key witnesses, including a Somerset investigator. 
Marcum’s trial began on Monday in Madison Circuit Court. Marcum is facing murder and several other charges in connection with the 2011 death of Angela Frazier-Singleton, Jason Singleton’s wife.
According to reports from the Richmond Register, a sister paper to the Commonwealth Journal, the trial began Monday with prosecutors depicting Marcum as a manipulative killer, and her defense team painting her as a victim. 
And after testimony from family members, law enforcement officials, including SPD Officer Matthew Gates, and others, jurors have been left with a picture of three people — Jason and Angela-Frazier Singleton and Marcum — struggling with drug use, criminal activity and fighting.
The case has a connection to Somerset. Jason Singleton, who is serving a 30-year sentence in connection with the murder, was arrested in Pulaski County after a stand-off with police at Super Service, located off Ky. 914.
SPD on Jan. 20, 2011 responded to a report of a “suspicious” sight at the Somerset Mall on South U.S. 27. A man with a handgun was seen by several people. When patrol units and detectives arrived at the scene, it was learned that the suspect had already fled in an SUV stolen from Enterprise Drive behind the mall.
Officers tracked the suspect down near Super Service shortly there-after and Singleton still had the firearm with him. Singleton took four people hostage inside the building, and the stand-off lasted about 15 minutes before Singleton released them.
On Tuesday, Gates in his testimony described the hostage situation, according to the Register. 

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