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March 26, 2014

Closing arguments in Marcum trial begin Thursday morning



Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith asked Nichols to tell what she remembered being wrong in the statement. She thought silently for some time before saying the softball incident was wrongly blamed on Marcum.

Smith then asked if anything else was falese, and Nichols said she could not remember. Smith asked if she remembered anything in the statement. Nichols said she could not remember what was in the statement but knew parts of it were false.

Nichols told Smith she had lied to KSP Detective Brian Reeder “for Angie (Frazier Singleton”).

“But Angie is dead,” Smith said.

When asked by Smith if she, Sutherland and Gibson were framing Marcum, Nichols said she didn’t understand what framing meant. She thought she was doing the right thing at the time for her dead friend, she said.

Smith then asked Nichols if Frazier Singleton would want the wrong person convicted of her murder.

“Wouldn’t it be better for the right person to be convicted of murder?” Smith asked.

“Yes,” Nichols said.

Smith then asked Nichols if she had been ordered in 2012 by a judge in Whitley County to take medication. She replied that she did not remember being ordered to take medication, but she had been seeing a “shrink” who prescribed Valium for her. Nichols said she was not on medication Wednesday.

Smith then asked Nichols, who lives on disability income, where she is living. Nichols said she has lived in a hotel room the past four days because she is afraid of Sutherland and Gibson, and that the room is being provided by the defense attorneys.

Defense Attorney Erin Kennedy said because the defense subpoenaed Nichols, it is paying for her hotel room and food.

The closing statements will begin Thursday at 9 a.m., according to Judge William Clouse.

Seth Littrell can be reached at or 624-6623.


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