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Investigator testifies at Rose Chase murder trial
Canandaigua,N.Y. - A Sheriff's investigator told jurors about the night of December 13th- the night a missing persons investigation became a murder investigation.
Rose Chase is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of her husband Adam Chase.
"She was visibly upset and crying," investigator John Falbo testified about the night he first met Rose Chase. Chase indicated she wanted to talk about her husband Adam Chase who was reported missing 6 months earlier.
"She responded it was an accident. He fell down the stairs," Investigator Falbo said.
He says Rose Chase said she left her husband in the basement for several weeks.
Here is what she said happened when she tried to move the body. "When I picked him up his arms fell off because he was decomposed," Falbo testified.
"She says she wrapped him in blankets...and put him in the woods covered with branches" for 3 or 4 weeks, he said.
Chase later led deputies to her mother's home in the Yates County town of Potter.
"Rose Chase pointed to the direction of the burn pile...she pointed out a metal can and said the ashes are in there," Falbo said.
Chase is charged with second degree murder and tampering with evidence. Later Wednesday, jurors will see a video tape of her police interrogation.
Before leaving the stand, Investigator Falvo said he read Rose Chase her rights and continued to question the way her husband died.
Falvo: "If it was just an accident, why didn't you call 911?"
Chase: "I panicked. He hit his head or snapped his neck or something."
Falvo: "People normally don't die from a fall."
Chase: "He was dead...I checked for a pulse and there was none."