The Richmond Register

March 7, 2013

Singleton’s trial moved to May 20


Register staff report

RICHMOND — The trial of Jason Singleton, 36, charged with murder in the death and dismemberment of his wife, was moved Thursday to May 20.

Singleton and Christina Tompkins Marcum, 29,  are accused of beating and strangling Angela Frazier-Singleton, Jason’s wife, to death in early 2011.

Both the defense and the prosecution requested the delay of Singleton’s trial so evidence from an FBI laboratory’s examination of a cell phone could be made available, said Madison Commonwealth’s Attorney David Smith.

The Singletons had been married for about a month when Frazier-Singleton’s dismembered body was found Jan. 19, 2011, in trash bags on Tattler Branch Road near the Kentucky River in the Valley View community.

In February, Madison Circuit Judge William G. Clouse agreed to give Singleton and Marcum separate trials. Both had previously been scheduled to stand trial together on March 11.

After the cases were split, Marcum’s trial was moved to May 20, so her trial will now have to be rescheduled again.

Her attorneys informed the court last month they will use a mental health claim as part of her defense. She will be sent to the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center for examination by a state-employed psychiatrist.