Plea rejected, jury seated in GR murder, dismemberment case

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Jared Chance appeared in court Monday, where he rejected the plea agreement offered to him in the murder of Ashley Young.

Chance, 30, is accused of killing Young, 31, of Oshtemo Township, at the Grand Rapids house where he was renting an apartment. Her torso was found in the basement of that house on Dec. 2, 2018. Her head, hands and feet haven’t been recovered.

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An undated courtesy photo of Ashley Young.

If Chance had taken the deal, he would have been required to make a full confession and reveal what happened to the missing remains. Now, he faces a trial.

A jury of 11 women and three men were selected within hours of Chance rejecting the plea deal. The trial is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Chance was last in court in mid-August for a hearing about what evidence should be admitted at his trial, scheduled to begin today. Despite arguments from his attorneys that showing photos of Young’s partial remains would unfairly bias jurors against Chance, Trusock decided he would allow the images.

Prosecutors say that after Chance killed Young — they think she may have been shot in the head, though without the missing remains they can’t say for sure — he dragged her body to a bathtub and dismembered her.

“Until you actually see what dismemberment is, you cannot comprehend what this individual did to Ms. Young,” Kent County Assistant Prosecutor Lawrence Boivin said at the Aug. 16 hearing. “The defendant … took a lot of time to do what he did to Ms. Young’s body.”

Despite Chance’s rejection of the plea, the prosecutor will still build a case for second-degree murder. If convicted, Chance could still spend the rest of his life in prison.

Chance’s parents James and Barbara Chance also face felony charges in the case — they’re accused of perjury and being accessories after the fact.

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