Testimony resumes in trial of convicted killer’s dad

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Testimony continues today in the trial of James Chance, who’s accused of helping his son cover up a murder and dismemberment.

James Chance’s son, Jared Chance, was previously convicted of murdering Ashley Young, 31, of Oshtemo Township at his Grand Rapids home in late 2018. James Chance is accused of perjury and being an accessory after the fact in the dismemberment of Young’s body.

James Chance’s other son, Konrad Chance, said in court Wednesday that his brother, Jared Chance, placed something into a fire pit at the Holland home after Jared killed and dismembered Ashley Young.

Konrad Chance testified Jared Chance told him he killed and “chopped up” Ashley Young at their home in Holland.

“He was the saddest I’d ever seen him,” Konrad said.

Konrad Chance says that right after his brother confessed to his parents, they drove to police headquarters. He said the family was crying as they drove from Holland to Grand Rapids.

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An undated courtesy photo of Ashley Young.

On Tuesday, jurors heard opening statements from the prosecution and defense. Prosecutors said James Chance chose not to tell police what happened and later lie to investigators, while the defense said he was just doing the best he could in a difficult situation.

Following witnesses included Young’s mother; Jared Chance’s roommate, who discovered Young’s partial remains in the house where they both rented apartments; and officers and crime scene technicians who investigated the murder.

The trial is slated to continue through the rest of the week.

Jared Chance is already serving a 100- to 200-year sentence for Young’s murder.

If convicted of perjury, his father could spend the rest of his life in prison, too.

James Chance’s wife Barbara Chance is expected to spend no more than a year in jail after pleading no contest Monday to perjury and accessory charges.

News 8 will have a crew in the courtroom today and will have updates online and on air.