MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - After days of testimony, the jury has reached a verdict and decided on a sentence in a high-profile murder trial in Madison County.
Around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, a jury found Christina Marcum guilty on three separate counts relating to the 2011 death of Angela Singleton.
The jury unanimously found Marcum guilty of complicity to commit murder, complicity to tampering with physical evidence and hindering prosecution in the death of Angela Frazier-Singleton in 2011.
After deliberating her sentence, the jury recommended that she serve 20 years for the complicity to commit murder charge, which is the shortest possible sentence for a capital offense.
The jury also recommended that Marcum serve five years for complicity to tampering with physical evidence and five years for hindering prosecution.
Marcum showed little emotion after being sentenced but that wasn't the case for Angela Singleton’s family who said this trial has been emotionally overwhelming and hearing Thursday's verdict was bittersweet for them.
"It brings us closer to closure but we'll never have complete closure," said one family member.
"I was glad that they found her guilty but like I said, thirty years, she took Angela's life," said Angela’s mother, Nancy Canada.
The case was handed over to the jury for deliberation around 1:00 p.m.
The prosecution delivered its closing arguments just a few hours earlier, in hopes of getting a murder conviction against Marcum.
"You have seen from the evidence that when Christina is jealous, Christina is violent," said Prosecutor Jennifer Smith. "You can see that when Christina is angry, Christina was violent. She was both of those things with Angela."
Marcum's attorney on the other hand, told the jury there's not enough evidence to convict their client.
In his closing statement, defense attorney Steve Romines told the jury that the Commonwealth's case against Marcum was based on suspicion, half-truths, and innuendo. He says Marcum knew about the murder, but didn't have anything to do with it. He's argued that she didn't tell police about it initially because she was afraid of Jason Singleton.
The Commonwealth has argued that phone records and communications between Marcum and Jason Singleton worked together to kill Angela Singleton. Romines says they haven't proven that.
"They've proved in this case what we admitted to. Jason Singleton killed Angela Singleton. Christina knew about it. And Christina loved the guy," said Romines on Thursday.
Angela's husband, Jason Singleton, pleaded guilty to complicity to murder. He's serving a 30-year sentence.