The Richmond Register

May 7, 2013

Singleton pleads guilty to complicity in wife’s murder, dismemberment

State recommends 30-year sentence

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — Jason Singleton, the man accused in the killing and dismemberment of his wife in 2011, entered a guilty plea Tuesday morning to complicity to murder.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith recommended that Singleton serve a total sentence of 30 years in prison.

Smith said the state “acknowledged” Singleton’s claim that Christina Marcum, the other defendant in the case, was the “hands-on” strangler of 24-year-old Angela Frazier-Singleton.

In his written statement, Singleton admitted he dismembered his wife's body at his Deacon Hills home, and afterward he tried to cover it up. Police who later searched the home discovered that a large area of carpet and subfloor had been removed in one room, and a film of black soot covered the walls and ceiling, like something had been burning.

Frazier-Singleton’s dismembered body was found Jan. 19, 2011, in trash bags at the end of Tattler Branch Road in the Valley View community.

Singleton was arrested Jan. 20, 2011, 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.

On Tuesday, Singleton pleaded guilty in Madison Circuit Court to complicity to murder, two counts of tampering with physical evidence and misdemeanor abuse of a corpse.

The state’s recommendation is that Singleton serve 20 years on the murder count, five years each on the tampering charges and 12 months on the abuse of a corpse count.

All the felony charges should run concurrently for a total of 30 years, Smith said.

Singleton’s sentencing is set for 9 a.m. Aug. 23.

A new trial date has not been set in Marcum’s case yet, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney David Smith. Marcum and Singleton originally were co-defendants, but Judge William Clouse granted a motion to sever their cases.

After the hearing, Smith said that requiring Singleton’s testimony against Marcum at her trial was not a condition of the plea deal.

The circumstances of the case does not meet the requirements under state law for the use of the death penalty.