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January 21, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: Singleton charged with wife's murder

RICHMOND — Jason Singleton, 34, was charged Friday with murder in the death of his wife Angela Frazer Singleton, 25, whose body was found in a farmer’s field near Valley View on Wednesday, according to Master Trooper Chris Lanham, spokesperson for the Kentucky State Police Post 7 in Richmond.

Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelision said an autopsy was performed on her body Thursday.

In a press conference late Friday evening, Kentucky State Police Trooper Paul Blanton said that Angela Singleton had been identified through the autopsy and fingerprint analysis. The murder charges were levied against Jason Singleton after a joint investigation into Angela Singleton’s disappearance by KSP, the Madison County Sheriff’s and Coroner’s offices.

Neither her cause of death nor any details from the autopsy’s preliminary results are being released, said Deputy Coroner Carlos Coyle because of the ongoing investigation. Final autopsy results could take weeks, or even months to obtain, he said.

“The autopsy was done yesterday,” Corenlison said at the press conference. “I have nothing in writing from the medical examiner’s office. She has body wide trauma, and that’s as far as I would go with it right now.”

The warrant charging Jason Singleton with murder was served on him by officers at the Pulaski County Detention Center where he remained held Friday on unrelated charges.

Blanton said that when Jason Singleton is brought to Madison County he will face a $1 million bond. He is being held in Pulaski County on a $100,000 cash or a $200,000 property bond after being arraigned in Somerset on Friday morning, according to information obtained by the Commonwealth Journal, Somerset’s daily newspaper.

The body has been taken to Croley Funeral Home in Williamsburg where funeral arrangements were incomplete late Friday night.

“I think one of things is, there were two aspects going into it, state police with a missing persons, and the sheriff’s office and the coroner’s office. What were trying to do and why there’s lots of things that can’t be said is because it’s an ongoing investigation, but the thing is, there are people who have worked around the clock from both agencies so we don’t leave anything unturned. This has many tentacles and we have to draw them in, and as we draw them in there’ll be a whole lot more answers,” Cornelison said of the inter-agency cooperation.

Six KSP detectives and two Madison County Sheriff’s Detectives have been assigned to the case, Lanham said.

KSP detectives obtained a warrant to search Jason Singleton’s home Friday at 110 Forest Hill Drive in the Deacon Hills subdivision, seeking evidence that might link him to Angela Singleton’s death, Lanham said.

Blanton said none of the investigating agencies could specify on any evidence which may have been collected from Singleton’s home, and said he could give few details about the investigation.

State Police responded to Singleton’s home around 3:30 a.m. Sunday after receiving a call about a domestic altercation.

Originally, foul play was not suspected in Singleton’s disappearance, but she was classified as an “endangered” missing person because of the domestic altercation she had with her husband shortly before she vanished.

“I wouldn’t comment specifically on that, but in a missing person’s case, there’s lots of reasons somebody might go missing and foul play is not always a reason,” Blanton said.

When troopers arrived at their home Sunday morning, Angela Singleton told them that Jason Singleton had taken money from her, but she appeared to be unharmed. Singleton was not arrested because KSP believed the couple was married, Lanham said. That would have made the money their common property.

Angela Singleton told the troopers that her husband had ordered her to leave the house they shared because he wanted to begin living with another woman.

While the troopers were present, a friend arrived and drove away with Angela Singleton, Lanham said.

Since then, KSP learned that the couple may not have completed requirements for a legal marriage. They had obtained a marriage license about one month ago, and had a wedding ceremony performed by a preacher who signed their marriage certificate, Lanham said. As of Friday afternoon, however, investigators could find no record that the certificate had been recorded at a county clerk’s office.

In a missing person’s report dated Wednesday, using a photo dated Aug. 6, 2010, the victim was referred to as Angela Frazer. However, the Croley Funeral Home in Williamsburg, lists her name on its website as Angela Nicole (Canada) Singleton.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

A preliminary hearing for Singleton has been scheduled for Wednesday in Pulaski District Court.

He was arraigned Friday morning on charges stemming from the alleged theft of an automobile and an armed standoff in which Singleton allegedly held four men hostage.

KSP detectives attended the arraignment and informed Pulaski County authorities of their interest then in Singleton as a person of interest in connection with Angela Singleton’s death, Lanham said.

Pulaski County authorities have charged Singleton with first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, auto theft, carrying a concealed deadly weapon and criminal mischief, after a series of incidents that began Thursday in the Somerset Mall.

A mall security guard there confronted Singleton after noticing him behaving suspiciously, according to the Somerset newspaper. The suspect allegedly displayed a gun before leaving the mall and stealing a car parked outside. He wrecked the vehicle after driving only a short distance, however.

Although injured, Singleton fled on foot and made his way to Super Service, a trucking firm. Somerset Police confronted him there, but instead of obeying their commands to drop his weapon, Singleton fled to another building in the business’ complex. As he fled, police fired and struck Singleton with a non-lethal “bean bag” projectile.

Six men were inside the building when Singleton entered, but two managed to escape. The suspect held the other four at gunpoint for a short time before acting Somerset Police Chief Doug Nelson persuaded him to surrender.

It was unknown late Friday night when Singleton would be brought to Madison County for arraignment on the murder charge.

Bill Robinson can be reached at brobinson@richmondregister.com or at 624-6622.

Emily Burton may be contacted at eburton@richmondregister.com or 624-6694. Follow Emily on Twitter at RR_EBurton@twitter.com

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