The Richmond Register

January 6, 2012

Pair pleads not guilty to murder charges

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — Judge William G. Clouse Jr. denied a request Thursday to reduce the bond for Christina Thompkins Marcum, who is charged with murder in the death of Richmond woman Angela Singleton.

Marcum appeared before in Madison Circuit Court along with her co-defendant Jason Singleton, Angela’s Singleton’s husband, who also is charged with her murder.

The pair pleaded not guilty to the murder charges, and several other related charges.

Both Singleton and Marcum are being held on a $500,000 bond. Marcum’s attorneys argued for a reduction, saying Marcum was not a flight risk because she willingly turned herself in after she was indicted in December.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith argued against bond reduction, saying Marcum had a history of violent behavior and was under indictment in Fayette County for witness intimidation related to the Singleton murder. She also said Marcum was a flight risk.

“Based on that, she’s clearly a danger to the community,” Smith said. Clouse agreed and refused to lower the bond.

Marcum’s attorney asked Clouse if when her case in Fayette County is resolved, the judge would consider lowering the bond then. Clouse said he is always willing to hear arguments for prisoners’ bond amounts.

Angela Singleton was reported missing Jan. 17 by her mother. Two hours later, Angela Singleton’s empty car was discovered on fire at mile marker 101 on I-75.

On Jan. 19, Angela Singleton’s dismembered body was found in trash bags at the end of Tattler Branch Road in the Valley View community. Singleton was arrested Jan. 20 after an armed standoff with police in Somerset, during which he held four hostages at gunpoint. He later was sentenced to 10 years in prison for that incident.

Marcum was interviewed Jan. 20 by Kentucky State Police detectives. She allegedly told them that Singleton had “strangled Angela on Tuesday (Jan. 18),” according to court records.

KSP officers collected evidence at the Singletons’ house in the Deacon Hills subdivision and seized several items, including a circular saw, several types of knives, blood samples from carpet and drain traps, and several boxes of trash bags.

In addition to murder, Singleton is charged with tampering with physical evidence and third-degree arson, both Class D felonies, and abuse of a corpse, a misdemeanor.

Marcum also is charged with tampering with physical evidence and first-degree hindering prosecution/apprehension, which are Class D felonies.

The pair is housed in the Madison County Detention Center.