Cousin testifies that she introduced murder victim & suspect

RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - On Tuesday morning, Angela Singleton's cousin took the witness stand. She says she's the reason Angela met Jason Singleton.

Vanessa Goodin told the jury she had been acquainted with Jason Singleton through her husband and that they had a friendly relationship. She said her cousin, Angela, was living in Williamsburg, but came to Richmond one weekend to hang out. Goodin says she introduced Jason and Angela. She says the pair hit it off and were married just a few days later.

Goodin says she was also friends with Christina Marcum, Jason Singleton's ex-girlfriend, who had married another man. She says Marcum was upset that Jason and Angela were together. Goodin also testified that on the Friday before her cousin went missing, she says Jason told Angela she had to leave their house. When Goodin sent a text to Jason to ask what was happening, she says she started getting strange replies.

"I suspected it was Christina on his phone. That led me to believe right there with my answer. Christina's back in the picture," Goodin said on the stand.

Goodin said the last time she spoke with Singleton was the morning she disappeared.

Tuesday's testimony was also about the investigation side of the case and featured discussion about individual pieces of evidence taken from the Singleton home. Testimony also included facts about the medical examination.

A Kentucky State Police investigator showed the jury a video of the Singleton home after it was searched. The video shows areas where they say someone had ripped up carpet and sawed away part of the floor.

A medical examiner also took the stand and testified that she ruled the cause of Angela Singleton's death as a strangulation. The medical examiner also said there were traces of several drugs in her blood, such as Xanax, Valium, Methamphetamine, amphetamine, and marijuana metabolite.

The trial is scheduled to pick back up Wednesday morning.

Jason Singleton is serving a 30-year sentence after pleading guilty to complicity to murder.

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