Georgetown woman accused of killing, dismembering ex-fiance's wife in 2011 goes to trial

gkocher1@herald-leader.comMarch 16, 2014 

Christina Marcum suffered abuse at the hands of her ex-fiance, attorneys say.

RICHMOND — Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of Christina Tompkins Marcum, the Georgetown woman accused of murder in the death and dismemberment of her ex-fiance's wife.

A 2011 indictment said Marcum and Jason Singleton killed his wife, Angela Frazier Singleton, 25, then "removed, destroyed, concealed and altered" her body, which was found dismembered on Jan. 19 that year near Valley View in northwestern Madison County.

Jason Singleton, 37, is serving a 30-year sentence at Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex in Morgan County after pleading guilty last year to complicity to murder.

In addition to murder, Marcum, 30, is charged with tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution. Asked if a plea deal is in the offing, co-defense attorney Steve Romines of Louisville said, "We're not pleading guilty. She didn't do anything. ...You don't plead guilty when you didn't do anything."

The defense team, which includes attorney Ted Shouse of Louisville, has said Marcum was diagnosed as suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder because of the abuse she allegedly suffered from Jason Singleton.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Jennifer Smith writes in court documents that to understand Marcum's motive to kill Angela Singleton, "it is necessary to understand the obsessive and volatile nature of her relationship with Jason Singleton."

"The increasingly bizarre and hostile behavior of Christina toward Angela proves she had the motive, intent and opportunity to kill Angela," Smith wrote.

Smith wrote in court documents that she will present evidence that nullifies a PTSD defense and that "negates the notion that Christina was a victim and an unwilling participant in Jason Singleton's crime."

Before he married Angela Frazier, Jason Singleton was engaged to Christina Tompkins. They lived together at 110 Forest Hill Drive in Richmond.

Their rocky relationship was marked by several incidents of domestic violence, including a time in August or September 2010 when she assaulted Jason Singleton "because she thought he had looked at another woman," according to court documents.

Jason Singleton obtained an emergency protective order against her in 2010. In October 2010, Christina Tompkins was charged with assaulting Singleton by throwing a cellphone at him, causing an injury to his head.

She pleaded guilty to the assault, and after being released from jail moved in with her high school boyfriend, Nick Marcum. Within two weeks she and Marcum were married.

Meanwhile, on Dec. 17, 2010, Jason Singleton was introduced to Angela Frazier, and they were married three days later, on Dec. 20, 2010.

Jason and Angela Singleton lived at the Forest Hill Drive house that Jason and Christina had shared. Christina Marcum "expressed outrage" that Angela was living in what Marcum considered "her house with her belongings."

To express her ire, Marcum would park in front of the house as early as 4 a.m. and honk her car horn until Jason Singleton came out of the house.

Marcum would "call Angela and Jason numerous times (up to 20 or 30) every day. ... Others heard Christina threaten to physically harm and kill Angela on numerous occasions," court records say.

In the month that Angela and Jason were married, there were at least six calls to 911 involving the couple and Marcum. One man who had driven Marcum to the Singleton house said he had seen her breaking windows. Marcum had also told her husband that she had urinated on the Singletons' porch door mat, court records say.

On Jan. 14, 2011 — two days before she was killed — Angela Singleton called 911 at 2:26 a.m. and reported that Marcum had shown up at the house, damaged her car and threatened her. Later that day, at 8:10 a.m., Jason Singleton called 911 to report that he was trying to remove Angela Singleton from the house but she was refusing to leave.

Angela Singleton eventually went to Shawn Frederick's house. Angela called Jason, but during this call Marcum told Angela that "Jason was her (Christina's) husband and that Angela needed to get her stuff out of the house. She also told Angela that she didn't make threats, she made promises."

The next day, at 12:43 a.m., Angela Singleton called 911 reporting an altercation at the Forest Hill Drive home, and that Marcum was present.

Finally, at 1:10 a.m. on Jan. 16, Angela Singleton called 911 to report that Jason Singleton had changed the locks on the Forest Hill Drive house. At 3:30 a.m., Angela Singleton called 911 again to report that Jason Singleton, Marcum and Jason's parents were attempting to remove Angela from the house. Angela Singleton also reported that her car had been stolen, but it was found nearby. Angela was allowed in the house while Marcum and Jason Singleton left with his parents.

Around 9 a.m., Angela Singleton talked to a Vanessa Goodwin on the phone. That was the last contact she had with anyone.

Angela's mother reported her missing on Jan. 17, 2011. Two days later, Angela Singleton's dismembered body was found at the end of a road in Valley View.

Last year, Singleton pleaded guilty to participating in the death of his wife and the subsequent cover-up of her murder. He was already serving a 10-year sentence in prison after pleading guilty to unlawful imprisonment and criminal mischief for holding several people hostage in Somerset.

Under the terms of the May plea deal, he will serve 30 years in prison for complicity to murder, two counts of tampering with physical evidence, and abuse of a corpse.

In a formal statement or allocution filed in court, Jason Singleton accused Marcum of killing Angela Singleton. Jennifer Smith, the assistant commonwealth's attorney, said at the time that the prosecution "doesn't embrace that (statement) as entirely accurate," but said it was enough to satisfy Jason Singleton's guilty plea to the charge of complicity to murder.

Jason Singleton is listed among the witnesses the prosecution intends to call to testify in the Marcum trial.

Asked whether Marcum will testify, defense attorney Romines said, "We'll just have to see how the trial goes. We never make any commitments on that."

The trial is scheduled to go six days before Madison Circuit Judge William Clouse Jr.

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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