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March 19, 2014

Marcum police interviews played for jury

RICHMOND — A silence fell over the courtroom Wednesday as recorded conversations between Christina Marcum, charged with complicity to murder, and Kentucky State Police Detective Brian Reeder were played.

The recordings go back as far as the night of Jan. 20, 2011, one day after the dismembered remains of Angela Frazier Singleton were found and the day Jason Singleton, her husband, was arrested in Somerset following a hostage situation.

Reeder, the lead detective of Frazier Singleton's murder investigation, told the court Marcum was first identified as a person of interest when Singleton requested she be called during his standoff with Somerset police. He said other KSP detectives were sent to interview Singleton after his arrest, and they told Reeder to contact Marcum.

In her Jan. 20 statement, Marcum told the detective that she wanted to be as cooperative as possible, and she gave background information on her history with Singleton, which included allegations of Singleton abusing and even threatening to kill her.

Marcum said Singleton had visited her earlier that January day in shorts and without a jacket telling her he needed pants and money. She said he was dirty and “looked like he had been working in a coal mine.” Marcum said she gave Singleton a pair of her husband’s pants as well as his credit card.

As the interview went on, Reeder asked Marcum where she had been the afternoon of Jan. 15, 2011. After several moments of silence, Marcum said she wanted to speak with an attorney. She added that she was afraid of saying anything incriminating. Reeder assured her that he was not going to charge her for telling him information Singleton had given her, but she still refused, saying she was afraid she would get in trouble with the police for not coming to them sooner.

“That's completely understandable,” Reeder said in the recording. He noted that when Singleton was still free Marcum may have become a target for talking to police, but now that he was behind bars KSP needed enough evidence to search Singleton's home.

Marcum then told the detective that she was worried about Frazier Singleton’s family, which she described as “crazy,” and feared they may retaliate against her. When Reeder said he didn't think that was likely, and that Frazier Singleton's family likely would prefer to have any information about the woman’s murder, Marcum stopped the conversation saying she wanted a cigarette.

When the interview resumed, Reeder and Marcum were joined by Detective Joey Peters, who had just returned from interviewing Singleton in Somerset. Peters told Marcum that Singleton had mentioned her, and that he told detectives he had confided in her and she knew everything. He also wanted to broker a deal in Marcum’s favor, Peters added.

Marcum still made no mention of the murder itself but instead began talking again about when Singleton came to her house earlier that morning. She said he kept talking to her about people from Corbin and KSP helicopters following him, and that he had stayed on the move to avoid them. She said Singleton looked like he hadn’t slept in days.

She also mentioned someone in another vehicle who seemed to be following her when she made a trip to Meijer for groceries.

Reeder then said the KSP couldn’t have been following Singleton, because the agency only learned his location about 3 p.m. that day when they were called to Somerset.

Marcum said Singleton was likely imagining the followers because of his methamphetamine problem and his lack of sleep. The detectives agreed but mentioned her own perceptions of being followed indicate she may know something important that she is withholding.

“So when did he (Singleton) tell you that he killed her?” Reeder asked.

After a lengthy pause, Marcum again said she didn’t want to talk today and asked if she could come back tomorrow with her lawyer.

“Unless you did something directly to her to cause her death, you aren’t under arrest,” Peters told Marcum in the recording. “I have no interest in charging you at all.”

Marcum again changed the subject, but she responded when one of the detectives directly asked her if Singleton had shot his wife with a gun.

“No…” Marcum said. “I don’t think so.”

When later asked by the detectives how Frazier Singleton had died, Marcum said she was strangled.

Marcum went on to say her trip to Meijer earlier that morning was to meet with Singleton, but he never showed up so she went back to her house. He arrived at her house later that morning to get new clothes, and talked with Marcum for about an hour, she said.

During that time, Singleton told her he was leaving the area. She said she tried to convince him not to go, but he wouldn’t listen to her. He made no mention of the murder then, she added.

About 11:30 a.m. the day before (Jan. 19), Marcum said she went to Lexington for a doctor’s appointment. She said that while there Singleton approached her again and asked her to get into his car, a white Lexus. Marcum told Reeder she spoke with Singleton for about five minutes during which time he told her that he strangled someone to death.

He did not say when or who the victim was, but Marcum said she knew it was Frazier Singleton because she saw on the news that the body had been recovered and Frazier Singleton’s car had been left burnt out on the interstate earlier that week.

The first interview recording ended with Marcum telling Reeder she had not told him all the information, and that she would return the following day (Jan. 21) with a lawyer to disclose the rest. According to Reeder, that meeting never happened, and Marcum told him she could not get in touch with her lawyer.

At the time of the first interview, Reeder said he was satisfied with the information he got because it gave the KSP enough evidence to get a search warrant for Singleton’s home. However, he said Marcum contradicted her statement in a later interview, when she told him she was at the house when the murder occurred, but she could not get inside to stop it.

When Marcum next went to the KSP post Feb. 10, 2011, to give a DNA sample, she began speaking to Reeder about getting a “deal” before she would give more information. In a recording of the incident, Reeder repeatedly told Marcum that he was no longer able to question her without the consent of both her lawyer and Commonwealth’s Attorney David Smith. According to Reeder, Marcum refused to give further information about the murder without speaking about a “deal.”

Reeder told Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith the deal would have related to any criminal charges Marcum may have faced. He said no deal was ever made, but he would continue to talk with Marcum about it to maintain a rapport with her throughout the investigation.

Jennifer Smith said there were other recordings the prosecution wished to play and enter into evidence, but because of their length the files would need to be played at a later court date.

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