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Crime

March 26, 2014

Closing arguments in Marcum trial begin Thursday morning

RICHMOND — After calling only one witness, the defense rested Wednesday afternoon in the trial of Christina Marcum, and closing arguments were scheduled to begin Thursday morning.

Marcum is charged with complicity in the murder of Angela Frazier Singleton. Angela’s husband, Jason Singleton pleaded guilty to complicity in the murder in May, and is serving a 30-year sentence.

In the trial’s seventh day, the defense began presenting its case. Its sole witness, Betty Nichols, said she briefly resided at the Singleton home in January 2011 with then-girlfriend Chianna Sutherland and helped care for Frazier Singleton’s two daughters.

The prosecution called Sutherland to testify Tuesday. She said several people in the house, including Singleton, Frazier Singleton and Nichols, abused pills and may have smoked methamphetamine. She also said Jason Singleton and his brother Tyler Singleton were making fake Florida IDs. She also witnessed Frazier Singleton and her husband abuse her older daughter by beating her, Nichols testified.

Defense Attorney Steve Romines said some of Sutherland’s testimony didn’t add up, that according to Kentucky State Police interview transcripts she never told detectives Nichols had done drugs. He also said Sutherland’s claim that Marcum called and harassed Frazier Singleton hundreds of times did not match what police discovered from phone records.

Romines also said he had seen records indicating Sutherland had contacted Nichols days before her testimony to ensure both told investigators the same stories.

Sutherland denied the claim, saying Nichols was the one who had called her. However, she later changed her testimony to say she had called four times, but she insisted the calls were in response to an original call from Nichols.

When the defense summoned Nichols to the stand, she said there was drug use in the Singleton house but she was not a part of it. She also said she had seen Singleton beat Frazier Singleton’s older daughter.

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