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Opening statements concluded in Chase trial
Canandaigua, N.Y.-- Opening statements wrapped Tuesday afternoon in the trial of the Ontario County woman accused of dismembering her husband's decomposing body and trying to burn it.
Rose Chase is charged with second-degree murder in the death of her husband Adam Chase. Police said she pushed him down the basement stairs during an argument at their home in Stanley in June 2012. He died from the fall.
Prosecutors said she hid his body in the basement then moved it to her mother's property in neighboring Yates County, where she burned the remains. They were discovered in December 2012.
Over the next few weeks, jurors will hear from family and friends of Adam Chase, police and forensic experts.
In opening statements Tuesday, the defense attorney portrayed Rose Chase as a person, a mother and daughter, a part of the community. She asked the jury to not look at her as simply a "defendant."
The prosecution laid out a case with evidence that includes a two hour interview with Rose Chase and investigators.
Last month, Chase rejected a proposed deal, in which she would have served 20 years to life in prison in exchange for a guilty plea to all charges.