TORRANCE – A man convicted of the 1994 strangulation murder of his wife, whose body was later discovered in the trunk of her car, is scheduled to be sentenced to state prison today, the District Attorney’s Office announced.
Andre Jackson, 52, is facing 25 years to life in prison after a jury in April found him guilty of the first-degree murder of his wife of just eight months, Marie Singleton-Jackson. Torrance Superior Court Judge Mark Arnold.
Deputy District Attorney John Lewin of the Major Crimes Division and DDA Pat Carey of the Torrance Branch successfully prosecuted the cold-case homicide following a 2 ½-month trial.
Marie Singleton-Jackson, a communications specialist employed by the Central Intelligence Agency, was last seen alive on Nov. 11, 1994. Her body was discovered five days later in the trunk of her vehicle parked on Vista Del Mar bordering Dockweiler Beach and the Los Angeles International Airport.
Witnesses testified that Singleton-Jackson never would have left her infant son and 8-year-old son from a previous relationship home alone on the night she disappeared.
Detectives with the Inglewood Police Department conducted a homicide investigation beginning in 1994, and Jackson was identified as the prime suspect. The FBI in Los Angeles also investigated the case based on concerns that her disappearance and murder may have been linked to her position and access within the intelligence community.
But the investigation went cold after the FBI concluded that the victim’s murder was unrelated to her employment with the CIA.
Special Agent Anthony Vasley with the FBI and homicide detectives from the Inglewood Police Department reopened the cold case in 2003 and presented it to Lewin in the D.A.’s Cold Case Unit.
Jackson was arrested in Tempe, Ariz., by the FBI’s Fugitive Task Force in Los Angeles after Lewin filed one count of first-degree murder on April 7, 2008.