Police find knife, electric saw in Richmond slaying suspect's home

Police search made after discovery of wife's dismembered body

shopkins@herald-leader.comFebruary 4, 2011 

RICHMOND — Kentucky State Police found a knife and electric saw when they searched the home of a man charged last month in the death of his wife, according to a search warrant affidavit.

The affidavit, which was filed in Madison District Court, provides more details in the case against Jason Edward Singleton, 35, who is accused of killing Angela Frazier Singleton, 25.

Kentucky State Police Detective Chris Short and state troopers Bubba Botkin and Donnie Foley entered the home at 110 Forest Hill Drive about 4:15 p.m. Jan. 20. Singleton lived there with his wife, according to court records. Angela Singleton had taken her husband's name, but investigators have said their marriage might not have been finalized.

According to the affidavit, Short found a knife on the floor just inside the house. The detective found an area without carpet and noticed a film of black soot on the walls and ceiling. The house smelled of something that had burned, the document says.

More carpet and subfloor had been removed from a room upstairs, the record said. And an electric saw was sitting beside a hole in the floor. Short noticed the carpet had been removed recently, according to the affidavit, which was filed last week.

In the days leading to Jason Singleton's arrest, there were several calls made from his home to police.

Singleton called police Jan. 11 and reported that a black Toyota Camry had pulled into his driveway and a woman had thrown a rock through his window. A woman identified in court records as Christina Thompkins was named as a suspect. Thompkins could not immediately be reached for comment.

Three days later, Jason Singleton told police that Angela Singleton was at his home and refused to leave. On Jan. 16, Angela Singleton called police "to report that her husband told her not to come home, and that he had changed the locks on the house at 110 Forest Hill Drive."

She was reported missing the next day.

Police found Angela Singleton's car on Interstate 75 in Fayette County later that night. The car was on fire, but no one was around the vehicle.

A farmer found Angela Singleton's dismembered body in bags in a field off Tattlers Branch Road near Valley View and the Kentucky River in western Madison County on Jan. 19, court records said.

The Madison County Fire Department received a call the morning of Jan. 20 from a neighbor who said heavy smoke was coming from Jason Singleton's house, court records say. But the fire department was told to disregard the call before firefighters responded to it.

Somerset Police Department called state police about 3:20 p.m. Jan. 20 and told them they had taken Jason Singleton into custody after he stole a car and "brandished a firearm at officers." Jason Singleton went to the Super Service trucking company off the 914 Bypass on foot and held four employees there at gunpoint, police said. He surrendered after about 15 minutes.

Singleton was charged with four counts of wanton endangerment, four counts of unlawful imprisonment, disorderly conduct, car theft and criminal mischief. He was later charged with murder.

During his arrest in Somerset, Singleton "made a voluntary, unsolicited statement that he had done a terrible thing that was too terrible to talk about, and state police were after him," court records said. He made several unsolicited statements about a murder, according to court records.

After police searched Singleton's home, they interviewed him at the Somerset Police Department.

"Detectives also noticed that Jason Singleton smelled strongly of smoke, and his clothes and vehicle were covered with a black film that was possibly soot from a fire," court records said.

Police also interviewed Thompkins, who said Jason Singleton told her that he strangled Angela Singleton on Jan. 18, court records said.

Angela Singleton's family could not be reached for comment.

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