Pre-trial hearing scheduled for Ontario Co. woman accused of killing husband

Posted at: 05/02/2013 12:10 PM
By: Courtesy Messenger Post Newspapers

A pre-trial hearing has been scheduled in the case of the Stanley woman charged in December with causing the death of her husband, Adam Chase, last June.

Rose M. Chase, 31, was in Ontario County Court this morning before Judge William Kocher. A Huntley hearing - a pre-trial hearing dealing with a defendant's statements to law enforcement - was scheduled for July 11.

Rose faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison after she was indicted in February by an Ontario County grand jury on the charges of second-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence and endangering the welfare of a child, according to Assistant District Attorney Heather Hines.

Rose was charged in December with second-degree murder for allegedly "intentionally causing the death" of Mr. Chase, 31, last June, Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said in December. He said the investigation indicated Rose allegedly pushed Mr. Chase down two flights of stairs at their residence and transported his dismembered body to a property owned by her mother in Potter, Yates County.

According to the indictment, Rose allegedly caused the death of her husband of 11 years on or about June 14, 2012. The tampering charge alleges that Rose transported Mr. Chase's body from their residence to Hagerty Road in Potter and concealed it there before ultimately burning the body at that location.

The indictment alleges that Rose transported Mr. Chase's decomposing body by vehicle from Ontario County to Yates County in late July or early August 2012 while their 5-year-old son was a passenger in the vehicle, and concealed Mr. Chase's body while their son was in the general vicinity.