MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A man charged in the murder and dismemberment of his wife entered a surprise guilty plea in court Tuesday morning.
Jason Singleton pleaded guilty to complicity to commit murder, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse.
Singleton and his ex-girlfriend, Christina Marcum, were both arrested for the January 2011 murder of his wife, 24-year-old Angela Frazier Singleton. Police found her dismembered body in trash bags near the Kentucky River several days after she was reported missing.
In a written statement Singleton described the events that led to his wife's death.
"I knew that Christina presented a danger to Angela and knew that Christina had expressed her desire to injure or kill Angela, and in spite of that, I still left the residence," he wrote.
"When I went back inside, Angela was dead. I checked her pulse and did CPR but could not revive her. Christina Tompkins Marcum begged me to conceal the crime, telling me that I could not let her daughter grow up without a mother."
Singleton wrote that he drove his wife's body to a parking lot off of I75 and left her, but eventually went back.
"Christina was concerned that the body would be discovered with Christina's boot print on her face and suggested that we sever the body parts and dispose of them in different trash dumpsters across the state."
Singleton wrote that he went back to get the car and the body, returning to his home.
"I removed her body from the trunk, went inside and that's where I committed the crime of abuse of a corpse by severing her body parts."
"On or about January 19, 2011, I put Angela's body parts in garbage bags and disposed of these garbage bags in a rural area in Madison County, Kentucky."
As part of Singleton's plea deal he is expected to serve 30 years in prison, his formal sentencing is scheduled for August 23.
The other defendant in the case Christina Marcum is due back in court on June 7, a trial date is expected to be set for her during that hearing.
The Richmond Register reports the Madison County
Prosecutors have said that requiring Singleton's testimony against Marcum was not a condition of the plea deal.