By Bill Robinson
Senior News Writer
(Editor’s Note: This story contains graphic information some readers may find offensive.)
When State Police and Madison County Sheriff’s detectives obtained a warrant to search the Richmond home of Jason Singleton, they told Madison District Judge Brandy O. Brown they were looking for “any item,” including “power tools” or “any item that could be used as cutting/chopping instruments in the dismemberment” of Angela Frazier-Singleton’s body.
Her dismembered body was discovered Jan. 19 at the end of Tattler’s Branch Road in the Valley View community near the Kentucky River, the search warrant affidavit states.
“The victim had been killed, dismembered and placed into plastic bags before being left beside the road before being discovered by the land owner,” according to the affidavit.
KSP Trooper Bubba Botkin said the body’s description matched that of Frazier-Singleton, who had been the subject of a missing person’s investigation he had been conducting since Jan. 17.
Her body’s identity later was verified by finger-print analysis, state police said in a Jan. 21 press conference.
Based on the missing person’s investigation, Botkin also stated, “he felt strongly that Jason Singleton, 34, the victim’s husband, was responsible for the murder.”
In addition, state police had responded to “domestic disturbance” involving the couple in the early morning hours of Sunday, Jan. 16.
At that time, Frazier-Singleton, 25, gave troopers evidence that her husband “was involved in making counterfeit (automobile) operator’s license.”
The search warrant request also stated that investigators were seeking items such as “weapons, firearms, knives blunt objects, (and) tools” that may have been used in the victim’s murder.
The search-warrant affidavit submitted to the judge stated that investigators also were looking for items that may have been used in the concealment/disposal of her body.
Those included concrete mix, garbage bags, tape, string, rope, carpets and cleaning products.
Among the items obtained in the search, according to court records, were:
• A Black and Decker Firestrom Circular Saw and an extension cord
• Two Chicago Cutlery knives
• A Farbreware knife
• A Model 119 Buck Knife
• Several blood samples, from the carpet and several other locations in the house
• Drain traps from the kitchen and bathrooms
• A box of Glad Force Flex X-large trash bags
• A box Husky drawstring trash bags
• A box of Kroger drawstring trash bags
The victim’s husband was arrested after an alleged armed standoff in Somerset, Jan. 20, in which hostages were held at gunpoint.
He was charged with murder late the next day after state and county detectives executed the warrant and searched his home on Forest Hill Drive in the Deacon Hills subdivision.
The following details are contained in the search-warrant affidavit on file in the Madison District Court Clerk’s office:
The state police had their first contact with Jason Singleton on Oct. 22, 2010, when he called the Richmond Post at 1:46 p.m. to report that a Christina Thompkins has stolen his white, 2009 Lexus. He called again at 3:36 p.m. to report that Thompkins had assaulted him at his 110 Forest Hill Drive home. In another call, at 6:41 p.m., Singleton said he needed assistance in obtaining an emergency protective order, according to the affidavit.
On Jan. 11 at 2:46 a.m., Singleton again called the Richmond KSP Post to report that “a black Camry had pulled into his driveway and someone (suspected to be Thompkins) had thrown a rock through his window.”
On Jan. 14 at 2:29 a.m, Angela Frazier-Singleton called the state police post to report that Thompkins “had been threatening her, and she had showed up at 110 Forest Hill Drive.”
At 8:10 p.m., also Jan. 14, Jason Singleton called the post to say Angela Frazier-Singleton was refusing to leave his home.
At 1:10 a.m. two days later, Frazier-Singleton called the KSP to report that “her husband had told her not to come home, and he had changed the locks on the house at 110 Forest Hill Drive.”
(State Police then responded to the scene but took no action because a friend had arrived to pick up Frazier-Singleton, and the two left safely in the friend’s car, according to Master Trooper Chris Lanham, Post 7 spokesperson.)
Frazier-Singleton’s mother, Nancy Canada, told Trooper Botkin at 7:10 p.m., Jan. 17, that her daughter was missing. Less than two hours later, Lexington Police responded to a vehicle fire at Mile Marker 101 on Interstate 75, just inside Fayette County. No one was at the scene when a Lexington officer arrived, however, but the vehicle was registered to Frazier-Singleton. The fire had been confined to the vehicle’s engine area.
After Jason Singleton surrendered to Somerset Police, he made “a voluntary, unsolicited statement that he had done a terrible thing,” something that was “too terrible to talk about” and that the state police were looking for him.
A Somerset Police officer said he heard Singleton say “he wished the police would have killed him” in the armed standoff.
When two KSP detectives interviewed him at the Somerset Police Department, Singleton allegedly said “he would be willing to tell them everything” if they would give “Christina Thompkins a deal where she would not be arrested.”
The detectives noted that that Singleton “smelled strongly of smoke, and his clothes and vehicle were covered with a black film that was possibly soot from a fire.”
When two KSP troopers and a detective arrived at Singleton’s home Jan. 20 to secure it prior to the search, the garage door and a door into the house were open, and they could see a knife lying on the floor just inside the house.
They also “noticed a film of black soot on the walls and ceiling inside the house, and the smell of the house indicated that something had been burning.”
The detective also “observed a large area of carpet and subfloor that had been removed from a room” and “an electric saw beside the hole.”
At 7:45 that morning, a neighbor had called the Madison County Fire Department to report that “heavy smoke was coming from the house” at 110 Forest Hill Dr. However, the department was told soon afterward to disregard the call.
At 9 p.m. Jan. 20, two KSP detectives interviewed Christina Thompkins at the Richmond Post.
She told them she had spoken with Singleton the day before, and he told her “he had strangled Angela (Frazier-Singleton) on Tuesday (Jan. 18). Thompkins also told them Singleton was “covered in ashes and soot and smelled like smoke” when they spoke.
His car also “smelled like smoke and another smell that smelled very badly,” she told them.
Singleton remains in the Pulaski County Detention Center under a $100,000 cash bond or $200,000 property bond, pending a grand jury hearing in Somerset from the alleged armed standoff there.
When brought to Madison County to face the murder charge, the warrant obtained by County Attorney Marc Robbins and signed by District Judge Earl-Ray Neal, calls for Singleton to be held on a $1 million cash bond.
Robbins said Friday he was unsure of when Singleton would be transferred to Madison County.
Bill Robinson can be reached at brobinson@
richmondregister.com or at 624-6622.