Jared Chance

Jared Chance (Photo: Michigan Department of Corrections)

Judge Allows Photos Of Michigan Woman's Dismembered Corpse At Trial

August 16, 2019 - 3:09 pm

GRAND RAPIDS (WWJ/AP) - Photos of a western Michigan woman's mutilated body can be used as evidence in the trial of a man charged in her slaying and dismemberment.

A Kent County judge made the ruling at a hearing Friday.

Ashley Young
Ashley Young (Handout)
Defense attorneys argued the photos have no value as evidence and would be used only to sway the jury against 29-year-old Jared Chance. Prosecutors said the photos show how much work was put into hiding the slaying of 31-year-old Ashley Young.

Young's torso was found Dec. 2 in the basement of Chance's Grand Rapids rental home. The Oshtemo Township woman last was seen alive at a liquor store with Chance prior to her disappearance on Nov. 29, 2018.

Chance is charged with murder, mutilation of a body, concealing a death and tampering with evidence.

Grand Rapids Police Detective Shawn Harmon earlier testified that a receipt showed Chance purchased ammonia and beer at the same store after Young went missing, according to a report by WOOD-TV. Harmone said surveillance video showed Chance dumping something into a trash can during his visit. When detectives sifted through the trash, they recovered Young’s purse.

Later, some of Young’s remains were discovered wrapped in a tarp in the basement and in a box sitting on the stairwell of Chance’s apartment, according to court documents obtained by WOOD-TV. The documents said blood was found on stairs, in Chance’s bathtub and on his pants, and human tissue was discovered in his kitchen sink.

Chance's trial is expected to start Sept. 9 in Grand Rapids.

Also charged in the case are Chance's parents, James Chance and Barbara Chance, accused of perjury and other crimes for allegedly not informing police about what happened.