RICHMOND — Christina Tompkins Marcum was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison for her role in the murder and dismemberment of her ex-fiancé's wife, plus another year for promoting contraband while in jail.
Marcum, 30, was convicted in March of complicity to murder, tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution in the death of Angela Frazier Singleton, 25, in January 2011. Singleton's dismembered body was found in six garbage bags tossed into a field in rural Madison County, near the Kentucky River.
Angela Singleton's husband, Jason Singleton, is serving a 30-year sentence after pleading guilty last year to complicity to murder.
Steve Romines, defense attorney for Marcum, said he plans to file an appeal next week.
Madison Circuit Judge William Clouse denied Romine's motions for a new trial and for judgment of acquittal.
The basis of the appeal is that during Marcum's trial, a state police detective was allowed to read a copy of Jason Singleton's written plea statement in court without Jason Singleton being present for cross-examination by Marcum's defense. In that allocution, Jason Singleton claimed that Christina Marcum strangled Angela Singleton to death.
"That's a violation of the confrontation clause, of being able to confront and cross-examine witnesses against you," Romines said. "We think that's pretty much set-in-stone law that you cannot introduce testimonial evidence without the ability to cross-examine."
The promoting-contraband conviction stemmed from Marcum somehow getting tweezers and makeup into the Madison County jail.