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March 7, 2014

Prior 'bad acts' to be allowed in Marcum murder trial

Court notice details evidence of ‘bizarre love triangle’

RICHMOND — A Madison Circuit judge ruled Friday that prior “bad acts” of murder defendant Christina Marcum may be admitted during her upcoming trial.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith argued that “it is impossible to tell the story of how and why Angela Frazier was murdered without telling the full story of this bizarre ‘love’ triangle.”

Smith’s notice to the court included details of evidence she will present at trial this month that shows the alleged “obsessive and volatile nature of (Marcum’s) relationship with Jason Singleton,” including domestic violence, death threats, vandalism and “stalking-like behavior.”

Marcum is set to stand trial at 9 a.m. March 17. Her former co-defendant, Jason Singleton, pleaded guilty last year to complicity to murder and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Angela Frazier was married to Jason Singleton. He admitted in a written statement that he dismembered her body, which was found Jan. 19, 2011, in several trash bags at the end of Tattler Branch Road in the Valley View community.

However, Singleton alleged in his statement that Marcum actually attacked and killed his wife.

Volatile relationship

Courts generally cannot admit evidence of other prior crimes, wrongs or acts during a trial that aims to cast a person’s character in a “bad light.” However, the Madison County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office argued that Marcum’s history with Singleton and Frazier was proof of motive, intent, opportunity and participation in the woman’s murder, according to court documents.

In Smith’s notice, she outlined a pattern of escalating violent behavior by Marcum toward Jason Singleton, and later his wife, Angela Frazier.

Singleton and Marcum had been engaged, and they had lived together at 110 Forest Hill Drive in the Deacon Hills subdivision, according to the prosecutor’s notice.

There were several documented instances of domestic violence between the two, including:

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