Chase conviction brings relief, heartache
Updated: Wednesday, December 11 2013, 05:13 PM EST
Canandaigua, NY - As the verdict was read aloud, tears from two families began to fall. Most of them came from the family of Adam Chase. Jurors found his wife, Rose Chase, guilty of murdering her husband, dismembering his body and burning the remains. “Justice was done, my son can rest,” said Silvia Chase, Adam’s mother.
Friday morning jurors requested that video from a 2 ½ hour police interview between Rose Chase and investigators be played again. Approximately one hour of the video was shown. It was the only part of the trial that gave Silvia Chase reason for pause.
“We thought about it, but I thought for sure they were going to convict her,” said Chase.
Rose Chase told police that she and her husband had an argument over who was the father of her son, Trysten.
"His foot caught the stairs and he tumbled down the stairs," Chase told police during an interview. She could not recall whether she pushed him or not. Chase maintained that it was an accident, though she did not call police
and later dismembered and buried the body.
At first, Ontario County Sheriff’s Office considered it a missing person case.
“I have a lot of respect for law enforcement, but they didn’t do their job there plain and simple,” said Rodney Miller, a Chase family friend and private investigator.
Miller testified that he toured the Chase’s home after Adam disappeared in 2012 and when he went into the basement, he smelled something decaying. He later asked the Chase’s babysitter to play a trick on Rose, telling her there was a big break in the case and that someone was going to be arrested. Miller told jurors last week that Rose Chase admitted to being involved with Adam’s death and burning the remains.
Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said Miller’s actions were vital to getting a conviction.
“Obviously the work of Rodney Miller was fantastic and I think Silvia is right, this case may not have been solved without his doggedness,” said Tantillo.
Sheriff’s deputies dispute Miller’s claims and say they treated the case seriously from the start.
“Missing persons cases themselves are inherently difficult because you never know what that missing person’s case is going to turn into,” said Lieutenant Brad Falkey.
Miller said he offered a plethora of information that could have helped solve the case sooner, but that investigators did not want to hear it.
“After our initial contact, he did not contact us again,” said Falkey.
Relief may have been felt by the family of Adam Chase following Friday’s verdict, that does not hold true for Rose’s family.
When asked if her daughter received a fair trial, Patricia Mooney, responded, “No.”
“There is a lot of things that people lied about,” said Mooney.
Rose Chase is scheduled to be sentenced January 15th. She was convicted for second degree murder, tampering with evidence and endangering the welfare of a child.