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March 22, 2014

Talks between Marcum, Singleton entered as evidence

Somerset — Jailhouse conversations between Christina Marcum and Jason Singleton after his 2011 arrest in Pulaski County stemming from a stand-off with police were just one of several pieces of evidence presented Friday during Marcum’s murder trial.

Marcum is accused of killing Angela Frazier-Singleton. Police believe Frazier-Singleton was killed on Jan. 16, 2011 in Madison County. Jason Singleton was arrested four days later, on Jan. 20, 2011, in Somerset after he took several hostages at Super Service, located off Ky. 914, and had a stand-off with police.

Frazier-Singleton was Jason Singleton’s wife, and testimony by witnesses given during the trial — which began on Monday — suggest Singleton and Marcum had dated and lived together for at least two years before he married Frazier-Singleton in 2010.

Jason Singleton has since pleaded guilty to complicity to murder and is serving a 30-year prison sentence.

Marcum was connected to the murder after Singleton asked that he speak to her while in the stand-off with police in Somerset.

Somerset Police Officer Matthew Gates testified earlier this week about the short stand-off, according to information from the Richmond Register, a sister paper to the Commonwealth Journal.

Gates said Jason Singleton asked him multiple times to call Marcum, so the officer said he did.

“At this point Singleton was in the surrendering process, and I remember (Marcum) telling me about a girlfriend who wouldn’t leave him alone and whose car was found on the interstate,” Gates said during his testimony as reported by the Register.

When Gates was about to end the conversation, he said Marcum asked, “Am I going to be involved in this?”

“That stuck with me,” Gates said. “Why would you ask that if you’re not there (in Somerset)?”

According to the Register, the Feb. 1, 2011, conversation between Marcum and Singleton was recorded at the Pulaski County Detention Center where Singleton was held after his arrest in Somerset. Singleton’s voice was removed from the recording played to jurors in Madison Circuit Court, who heard only Marcum’s side of the conversation.

Although much of the conversation was unintelligble to those who weren’t given hearing aids, some of Marcum’s statements could be heard clearly, according to the Register. Marcum told Singleton “my whole life’s miserable,” and “I feel so bad for you.” She also laughs multiple times throughout the recording.

Kentucky State Police Detective Brian Reeder, who led the investigation of Angela Frazier Singleton’s murder, testified that he acquired the recording after seeing Marcum on television attending one of Jason’s pretrial hearings in 2011 stemming from his Pulaski County charges.

Further investigation showed that Marcum visited Singleton several times at both the Pulaski County jail and at the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center, according to the Register. She also left money in his jail commissary. The commissary allows prisoners to purchase things while in custody, the detective explained.

Marcum at first made investigators believe she was afraid of Singleton. But Reeder said he soon began to suspect that Marcum was directly involved with Frazier-Singleton’s murder after inconsistencies began appearing in her account. Reeder pointed out that ohone records indicated that Marcum and Singleton communicated frequently, via text and phone calls, in the days between Frazier-Singleton’s death and Singleton’s arrest in Somerset.

The trial has uncovered what appears to be a troubled relationship between the three.

Singleton has stated he was on his back deck on Jan 18, 2011, smoking a cigarette, when Marcum strangled and then beat Frazier-Singleton to death. Singleton admitted through the written statement that he dismembered Frazier-Singleton’s body in an effort to cover up the crime, according to the Register. Her body was found the next day, on Jan. 19, 2011, in several trash bags by a road.

Robert Kelley, the man who found Frazier-Singleton’s remains, testified he thought someone had gutted a deer and dumped it on the side of the road. When he finally got the bag opened, as Frazier-Singleton’s remains had been double-bagged, he found her severed head inside.

“It was the cruelest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Kelley said in court, according to the Register.

Victoria Graham, medical examiner, testified that Frazier-Singleton died from asphyxia caused by strangulation.

The Register has reported that Marcum was the alleged “hands-on” strangler of Frazier-Singleton.

But Marcum has maintained that she watched as Singleton killed his wife. Marcum’s defense team has alleged that Singleton abused Marcum physically and emotionally during their time together.

Frazier-Singleton’s body had signs of extensive trauma, including defensive wounds. And the autopsy also revealed Frazier-Singleton likely suffered from a long-term drug problem. Methamphetamine, Valium, Xanax, and marijuana were found in Frazier-Singleton’s blood, and in levels that Graham said would have led to the user’s death unless they were a heavy drug user.

The trial will resume at 1 p.m. Monday.

 

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