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Murder suspect pleads guilty to charges in hostage incident

The Pulaski County case against Jason Singleton is drawing to a close…which means that murder charges against him in Madison County will be his next legal hurdle to cross.

On Friday, Singleton admitted to a crime in Somerset, but some still question what the threat was that he posed to workers at a trucking company last January.

In the days after Jason Singleton’s wife, Angela, was found brutally murdered in a Madison County field, Singleton ended up at the Super Service Trucking Company in Somerset.

“He took a car and wrecked it, went to the place of business, and held them at gunpoint,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Eddy Montgomery.

Singleton admitted in court that his act was “unlawful imprisonment,” but his attorney still maintains a hostage event never happened.

“He wasn’t holding anyone at gunpoint. One of the people, that was a named victim, says he (Singleton) sat down, smoked a cigarette, drank a bottle of water with him, and tried to talk him into having a better day,” said Singleton’s attorney, Mark Stanziano, after the court hearing Friday.

Why Singleton randomly chose a trucking company that day isn’t clear. Yet Singleton himself admitted in court he may not have been in his right mind.

“Have you ever suffered from any mental or emotional problems?” Judge David Tapp asked Singleton before accepting the guilty plea. “On the day in question, somewhat,” Singleton responded.

“From indications it appears, this might have been somewhat of an attempt of suicide by a cop, police officer, that sort of thing,” said Montgomery.

Singleton has been charged with killing his wife, but he hasn’t been indicted by a Madison County Grand Jury.


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