RICHMOND — The sound of tears slowly overtook the audience at Christina Marcum’s trial Tuesday as Detective Brian Reeder read aloud Jason Singleton’s statement of guilt in the 2011 murder of his wife, Angela Frazier Singleton.
Singleton pleaded guilty to complicity in the crime in May and is serving a 30-year sentence.
In the statement, Singleton claims he and Marcum were at his house Jan. 16, 2011. When they arrived, his wife was passed out after having taken a large number of pills. However, she woke up while the couple was there.
Singleton then said Marcum and Frazier Singleton began arguing, and he left the residence to smoke a cigarette outside. When he returned, he found that Marcum had killed Frazier Singleton. Marcum then asked him to help her hide the body for the sake of her daughter, and Singleton said he agreed.
Judge William Clouse told the jury that the reason Reeder was reading the statement was not because he believed it to be factual, but because it offers insight into why the police investigation was conducted in the manner it was.
Reeder said he did not believe the statement contained all the facts of the murder.
Defense Attorney Steve Romines asked Reeder why he thinks the statement of guilt should carry so much weight but not Singleton’s insistence after his arrest in Somerset that Marcum was in no way involved.
Reeder replied that when Singleton was first being interviewed by Kentucky State Police detectives, he wanted to make a deal with the authorities for Marcum.
“Any time someone wants to keep someone else out of jail, there must be a reason,” Reeder said.
The attorney also pointed out that in Reeder’s Jan. 20, 2011 interview with Marcum, he promised that he would not tell Singleton any information came from her.
Reeder said that he believes he kept his word, because by the time Singleton released the statement the information Marcum originally gave Reeder had been published by media sources and she was in jail.