GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The lawyer for a man charged with mutilating the dead body of a missing Kalamazoo area woman says his client was turned away by police.
“There’s quite a bit of additional information and we demand that the people turn that over. Particularly, the video and reports of when Mr. Chance was brought to the police station by his parents to make a statement to the police regarding Ashley Young and where they turned him away and wouldn’t take his statement. And we’d like to have that because that would be exculpatory information towards count two,” Chance’s lawyer, Andrew Rodenhouse, told the judge.
Rodenhouse says his sources say Chance’s parents walked into the Grand Rapids police station and said they wanted to talk to officers about Young. The attorney said Chance’s parents were told that it wasn’t a Grand Rapids Police Department case, and they should call authorities in the Kalamazoo area, where Young was reported missing.
It’s unclear if that alleged incident is what Chance’s father was referring to when he told 24 Hour News 8 he turned in his son.
Chance’s father and mother are both charged with perjury and being an accessory after the fact in the mutilation and disinterment of a dead body. In court documents, police say Chance told his parents that Young was dead and he had dismembered body and hid some of the remains on Dec. 1 at his apartment — a day before a neighbor investigating a smell in the basement of the apartment discovered a tarp leaking blood.
The court documents say Chance’s parents were at the Grand Rapids Police Department on Dec. 2, but did not notify police about what they knew.
Chance’s mother told 24 Hour News 8 they did call police. His father, who is a former police officer, said he was not guilty of the charges.
In response to the Rodenhouse’s claim, Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker again said “That is not exactly what happened, I cannot elaborate any further since investigation is ongoing.”
Chance is also charged with a felony charge of concealing a dead body. Police records indicate only part of Young’s remains were found at the home where Chance lives, located along Franklin Street SE near Dolbee Avenue.
Young’s family and friends were gathered in the courtroom Tuesday, wearing shirts and sweatshirts with the message, “#JusticeforAshley Let’s bring her home,” similar to the message Young’s mother had for the parents of Jared Chance. Most of them were in tears when they left the hearing.
Rodenhouse also asked the judge to reduce Chance’s bond from $750,000 to what it would be for a 10-year felony. However, the judge denied the request, saying Chance was a “natural threat to the community” given the nature of the charges, and authorities are still trying to determine if he should be charged with open murder in the case.
Chance is expected back in court on Jan. 4.