Trial begins in murder, dismemberment of Kzoo County woman

Posted at 6:45 AM, Sep 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-10 06:46:38-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The man accused of murdering a woman and dismembering her body heads to trial Tuesday after he rejected a plea deal from prosecutors Monday.

Jared Chance is facing charges of murder in the killing of Ashley Young, 31, at his Grand Rapids apartment last year, concealing the death, and tampering with evidence.

He was arrested back in December after a neighbor found blood in his basement.

In a Kent County courtroom Monday, Chance turned down a plea deal in the case, telling the judge he wants to go to trial instead.

Earlier this month, a judge ruled photos of Young's body can be used as evidence in the trial.

Defense attorneys argued the photos would have no value as evidence and could influence the jury against Chance. Prosecutors said the photos show how much work was put into hiding and slaying of Young.

Parts of Young's body still have not been found.

Chance faces up to life in prison if convicted in a trial.

His parents, James and Barbara Chance, face a perjury charge for allegedly helping their son cover up Young's death.