Updated 02/08/2013 04:33 PM
Ontario County Grand Jury Indicts Wife In Murder of Husband
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Rose Chase was arrested in December following a six-month investigation into the disappearance of her husband, Adam Chase.
The Ontario County Sheriff's Office claimed Rose Chase killed her husband by pushing him down a flight of stairs. She is also accused of dismembering his body, then transporting the remains to Yates County where she allegedly cremated them on her mother's property. Those remains were discovered in December.
"The charge is murder in the second degree and that's the top count in the indictment, where we're going with this. Then we have the other two charges that are included in this and we're seeking to go forward with the charges that we have," said Heather Hines, prosecutor.
The other charges include tampering with physical evidence and endangering the welfare of a child. The indictment alleges that Rose and Adam Chase's four-year-old son was in the vehicle with his mother as she transported Adam's remains and the boy was also in the vicinity as Chase's body was disposed.
Because of the seriousness of this crime, Hines requested that bail be set at a quarter million dollars. However, judge William Kocher set bail for Rose Chase at $100,000 cash."
Adam Chase was reported missing in June following an alleged argument with his wife. At the time, the Sheriff's Office treated his disappearance as a missing person case.
In December, authorities received new information and searched the Chase home along with a location in Yates County leading to Rose Chase's arrest.
"Whenever you're talking about the loss of the life of someone, that's an extremely sensitive issue that you're about, and we're looking at a case that we're looking for justice for the family of Adam Chase," Hines said. "We're looking to have a trial and have a jury hear the evidence and we're looking to make sure that justice is served in this case."
Rose Chase's attorney, Ontario County public defender Leanne Lapp, was not available for comment.
Chase remains in the Ontario County Jail and is back in court May 2nd.