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March 27, 2014

Smith: This was ‛crime of hate’

Romines says government ‛targeted’ Marcum

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RICHMOND —

“Angela will never have a chance to be better because of that woman’s jealousy and a piece of paper,” Smith said pointing to Marcum.

By Jan. 16, 2011, Frazier Singleton had only three days remaining to return the bottom portion of her marriage certificate to the courthouse to make her marriage valid, Smith said. Marcum and Singleton wanted to prevent that by stealing the certificate, she said.

“Without the certificate, there would be no marriage, no divorce, no problem,” Smith said.

According to Marcum’s statement to police, she and Singleton went to his home to search for the certificate. To their surprise, Smith said, they found Frazier Singleton there.

While Marcum in her statement claimed Frazier Singleton was passed out on the couch, Smith said the victim was initially awake and speaking with her cousin, Vanessa Goodin, on the phone. But she quickly ended the conversation, as Goodin testified Tuesday.

Somehow, Smith said, Frazier Singleton became unconscious a short time later, although the prosecutor could not say whether it was from ingesting drugs, being knocked out by Marcum, Singleton or something else.

The two suspects then searched for the certificate, Smith alleged, but were interrupted when Frazier Singleton woke and began fighting with Marcum, receiving bruises on her hands that a medical examiner said resembled defense wounds. During that struggle, Smith said she thinks Marcum and Singleton both killed the victim.

“Look at how she was killed,” Smith said. “She was badly beaten, stabbed five times. But that wasn’t enough, so then she was strangled.”

She argued that if the murder was committed by Singleton and/or his brother in retaliation for Frazier Singleton telling police about the fake IDs, it would have been planned and likely happened away from the house. Smith said she thinks the killing was entirely unplanned because of how “messy” the scene was. She also pointed out that Singleton owned a gun, and she said he probably would have used it to kill his wife if they had planned the murder.

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