The Richmond Register


March 18, 2014

Testimonies in murder case raise tensions

RICHMOND — Witnesses took the stand Monday evening and Tuesday to give evidence in the Christina Marcum murder trial.

Family members, law enforcement officials and more testified about Marcum and Angela Frazier Singleton, the woman she is accused of killing in 2011, and Jason Singleton, a former boyfriend who was married to Frazier Singleton.

The resulting stories left jurors and the audience with a picture of three people struggling with drug use, criminal activity and fighting.

Robert Kelley-discovered the remains

Robert Kelley described the morning he found Frazier Singleton’s cut up remains in six black plastic bags on a rural roadside.

Before retiring from his job to battle cancer, Kelley said he worked on farmland owned by Larry Jones near Tates Creek. He was using a tractor to take a bale of hay from one part of the property to another when he noticed the bags lying in and around a ditch. He said people often dumped garbage in the location, and when trash was found he went through it hoping to discover who left it so they could be prosecuted.

When he got to the first bag and began opening it, Kelley said he thought someone had gutted a deer and dumped the remains. All the items had been double bagged, and he described feeling what he thought was deer hair through the plastic as he worked to undo the knots.

When he finally got the bag open, he found Frazier Singleton’s severed head inside.

“It was the cruelest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Kelley recalled.

He immediately went to his house and called 911.

Law enforcement originally believed the head may have been from to a mannequin, Kelley said, but when he brought sheriff’s deputies to the scene, they confirmed the remains were human.

Carlos Coyle-deputy coroner

Deputy Coroner Carlos Coyle responded to the scene after Kelley alerted authorities. Coyle said he recorded where the bags were located, then collected them to be sent to the state medical examiner’s office. While he could not officially identify the remains as Frazier Singleton, he said he “strongly felt that was a possibility.”

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