Statement from victim's husband read in Madison Co. murder trial

MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Tuesday marked day six in the murder trial of a Madison County woman, accused of killing her ex-boyfriend's wife.

Christina Marcum is charged with murder in the 2011 death of Angela Singleton.

After several days on the witness stand, both sides finished their questioning of Kentucky State Police Detective Brian Reeder. Friends of Angela Singleton and Christina Marcum also took the stand to testify Tuesday.

During testimony Tuesday morning, Detective Reeder presented a written statement he says he got from Jason Singleton in January of 2014, describing what he says happened the day Angela Singleton was killed.

At the time of the murder, Jason Singleton maintained that Christina was not involved. In this statement, though, he says he had left Angela and Christina in the house after they began fighting. When he came back in after smoking, he says Angela was dead and Christina begged him to help cover it up.

In the statement, Jason Singleton says it was Christina's idea to cut Angela's body up and dump the pieces in garbage bins throughout the state. Ultimately, he says he cut her body up and dumped the pieces in a Madison County field.

Immediately after that testimony, the judge informed the jury they were not to consider that statement as truth when it comes to deciding Marcum's guilt, but only an explanation for the actions of police.

Mariah Smith, a former friend of Marcum's also testified Tuesday, about what she says Marcum told her about the murder.

"She said, 'Mariah I tried to stop him,' and I said 'what do you mean?' She said 'he was choking her and I tried to stop him. I was beating on his back and tried to stop him.'"

Smith also said Marcum chased her in a car after Smith talked with detectives.

Jason Singleton pleaded guilty to Complicity to Murder in the case. He is currently serving a 30-year sentence.

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