Grand jury to hear hostage-taking charges against Richmond man

bestep@herald-leader.comJanuary 31, 2011 

SOMERSET — A judge found probable cause Monday to suspect that a Richmond man committed several felonies in Somerset the day after his murdered wife's body was found.

Pulaski District Judge Jeffrey Scott Lawless forwarded the case against Jason E. Singleton to a grand jury, which will decide whether to indict him.

Singleton, 34, allegedly held four people hostage at gunpoint at a Somerset business on Jan. 20 before surrendering to police. His wife, Angela Singleton, 25, was found dead in a field in Madison County on Jan. 19.

Authorities have not released the cause of her death, but they have called it a homicide and have charged Jason Singleton with murder in that case.

Angela Singleton had taken his name, but it's not clear whether the two finalized the marriage.

Jason Singleton remains jailed in Somerset.

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