GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The parents of a Grand Rapids man accused of dismembering a woman’s body now face charges of perjury.
Barbara Louise Chance and James Howard Chance are expected to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon, each on charges of perjury under an investigative subpoena and being an accessory after the fact in the mutilation and disinterment of a dead body, Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker confirmed Tuesday.
“Accessory after the fact is somebody that helps and didn’t necessarily participate directly in the crime, but does something afterwards to help, to help the person that committed the crime evade capture or detection,” Becker explained. “Perjury is you lied under oath … We’re alleging they made false statements while under oath. … It’s not a mistake, it’s an intentional false statement.”
He would not comment on exactly what investigators say the Chances lied about or did to help their son.
Their son Jared Chance, 29, has been charged with mutilation of a dead body and concealing the death of Ashley Young, 31, of Oshtemo Township.
Her remains were discovered early last week in Chance’s home along Franklin Street SE at Dolbee Avenue in Grand Rapids. Authorities had to wait days for DNA test results to confirm the remains were Young’s because they don’t have all of her body.
Young’s family said she had last been seen with Chance in the early hours of Nov. 29 in Grand Rapids’ Eastown neighborhood. Three days later, Chance’s downstairs neighbors noticed an odd smell coming from their basement. When one of them went to check it out, he found a tarp leaking blood. He called police. Chance was taken into custody.
According to court records, police said they found blood and “articles that…could have been used to dismember a human body” in Chance’s apartment.
The day Chance was arraigned, authorities searched his parents’ home on West 20th Street in Holland. The Holland Sentinel reports a vehicle was towed away and detectives could be seen taking photographs inside the home. Detectives would not elaborate on what they were looking for or what they found.
Jared Chance has not been charged with murder.
The accessory charge his parents face is a 5-year felony, but the perjury charge is punishable by up to life in prison.
**Correction: A previous version of this article stated Young was believed to have last been seen Nov. 30. She was actually believed to have last been seen Nov. 29.