The Richmond Register

Crime

September 6, 2013

Murder, dismemberment trial delayed to March

BEREA — The trial for Christina Marcum, who is accused of murdering and dismembering a woman in 2011, has been pushed back again.

Marcum was set to stand trial Nov. 4, however her lawyer told Madison Circuit Judge William G. Clouse on Thursday that he had another trial scheduled for the same date in Jefferson County.

Clouse set Marcum’s jury trial for March 3, and it is expected to last a week. A status hearing is scheduled Feb. 13

“We are going March the third, for the record,” Shouse said, assuring the judge there would be no more delays in the case.

Marcum’s former co-defendant, Jason Singleton, already has pleaded guilty to being complicit in the murder of his wife, 24-year-old Angela Frazier-Singleton.

Singleton accepted the plea deal in May, and Commonwealth’s Attorney David Smith recommended he serve 30 years in prison. He was scheduled to be formally sentenced last month, but the hearing was delayed until 9 a.m. Sept. 27.

In a written statement submitted, Singleton said he knew that Marcum, a former girlfriend, had threatened his wife. However, he left the two in his house alone while he stepped out for a cigarette, and when he came back inside, Frazier-Singleton was dead.

Singleton accused Marcum of being the “hands-on” strangler of his wife. He admitted he dismembered the woman’s body in an attempt to cover up the crime.

The pieces of Frazier-Singleton’s body were found Jan. 19, 2011, in trash bags at the end of Tattler Branch Road in the Valley View community.

Marcum’s attorneys have filed a notice with the court indicating they will use evidence of a mental-health condition as part of her defense. A psychiatrist hired by the defense diagnosed her with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to court documents.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.

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