Judge refuses to lower bond for murder suspect

A judge has denied the bond lowering request from a kidnapping suspect, who's also facing a murder charge.

On Monday morning, the lawyer for Jason Singleton requested his client's bond be reduced on kidnapping charges in Pulaski County. Singleton's father was even called to testify in his defense.

Singleton is also charged with killing his wife, Angela Singleton, in Madison County back in January.

A Pulaski County judge spent nearly an hour behind closed doors, considering whether to reduce Singleton's bond.

Judge David Tapp denied the bond lowering request, saying the nature of the allegations against Singleton are serious enough to keep him in jail.

Despite Singleton facing a murder charge in Madison County, Judge Tapp said he would only consider reducing Singleton's bond solely on the Pulaski County charges.

Singleton's attorney requested dropping the bond from $500,000 to $75,000 cash, and the same amount in property.

The attorney pointed out that although Singleton does face more serious charges in Madison County, prosecutors there haven't moved very much on the allegations.

Singleton's attorney said the bond reduction would fit the allegations of kidnapping charge.

Police say Singleton kidnapped several people at Super Service in Somerset earlier this year, sparking a hostage situation.

Singleton's father testified that if his son was released from jail, he would live with him in Richmond.

On the stand, Edward Singleton testified Jason Singleton was once served with an EPO. However, Edward Singleton said that was from Jason's second wife, and he questioned the merits of it.

Jason Singleton is scheduled to stand trial on the Pulaski County kidnapping charges in July.

There's no word yet on when he will be transferred to Madison County to face the murder charge there.


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