The Richmond Register

March 27, 2014

Jury recommends 30 years for Marcum

Found guilty of complicity to murder, two other charges

By Seth Littrell
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — A Madison County jury found Christina Marcum guilty Thursday evening of complicity in the murder of Angela Frazier Singleton.

Complicity to murder is a capital offense punishable by 20 years to life imprisonment.

Marcum, 30, also was found guilty of complicity to tampering with a crime scene and first-degree hindering the prosecution and apprehension of a fugitive. Both are Class D felonies carrying a sentence of one to five years each.

The jury deliberated for about five hours before returning the guilty verdicts. They next spent about an hour determining a sentencing recommendation.

Marcum was given the minimum sentence for the capital offense and the maximum sentences for the two other verdicts. The jury recommended she serve the sentences consecutively for a total of 30 years.

Judge William G. Clouse scheduled formal sentencing for 10:30 a.m. May 23.

Marcum’s former co-defendant, Jason Singleton, 37, pleaded guilty last year to complicity to murder and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Marcum had been his girlfriend prior to his December 2010 marriage to 24-year-old Frazier Singleton.

Frazier Singleton’s dismembered body was discovered Jan. 19, 2011, in several trash bags at the end of Tattler Branch Road in the Valley View community. Singleton admitted in a written statement at his sentencing that he had cut up and dumped her body. An electric circular saw was recovered from Singleton’s home.

During the trial, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith presented evidence that Marcum had repeatedly harassed Frazier Singleton and threatened to kill her in the three weeks following her marriage to Singleton.

A state medical examiner testified at the trial that Frazier Singleton died from asphyxia caused by strangulation. The woman also had a fractured nose, broken ribs and puncture wounds.

Singleton said in his plea deal that Marcum attacked and killed his wife. However, Marcum told police she saw Singleton kill the woman and was afraid of him, so she did not report the crime.