Court reversal for woman convicted of killing, dismembering husband in 2012
(WHAM) - Rose Chase, the woman convicted of killing, dismembering, and burning her husband's body in 2012, had a misdemeanor conviction reversed last week.
The 4th Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court said Chase was not guilty of endangering the welfare of a child. Her convictions of second-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence both stand.
On June 14, 2012, the 33-year-old Rose pushed her husband Adam down the stairs in their home in Stanley, Ontario County. The fall killed him. Rose hid her husband's body in the basement for several months, then dismembered and burned the remains of the body at her mother's property in Potter, Yates County.
The remains were discovered several months later by investigators.
The endangering the welfare of a child charge stemmed from Rose's 4-year-old child riding in the car with her while she transported the remains to the property in Potter.
In its decision, the court said there was not "legally sufficient evidence: to support the charge of endangering the welfare of a child. The court said prosecutors "presented no evidence that the child was aware that the victim’s body was in the car or that the child was upset or bothered by any smells or sights in the car or later at his grandmother’s house."
Rose is currently serving a sentence of 24 years to life in state prison. She will be eligible for parole in December 2036.