We Will Soon Know the Fate of Jared Chance
Jared Chance is on trial for the murder and dismemberment of Ashley Young. His charges include open murder, mutilation of a dead body, concealing a death, and 4 counts of tampering with evidence. In relation to the case, his parents are also facing charges of perjury for helping their son cover up the murder of Young. Chance had an opportunity to take a plea deal prior to the trial. The deal would have given him a minimum of 31 years in prison with a chance of parole. If convicted on all charges, Chance faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.
Nov 28th, 2018 – Ashley’s mother began to worry after not hearing from her for several days.
Nov 29th, 2018 – Ashley is reported missing by her mother through local police.
Dec 1st, 2018 – Jared’s parents and brother pick him up from Grand Rapids. They take him to their home in Holland.
Dec 2nd, 2018 – Jared’s father bring him to the Grand Rapids Police Department. Police say that his father demanded an attourney so they could not speak to him. His father says that the GRPD directed him to Kalamazoo because that is where Ashley was reported missing at.
Dec 2nd, 2018 – Jared’s neighbor (different unit, same building) investigates a foul odor in the home. Upon entering the basement, he finds a tarp with blood leaking from it. Police are contacted, and a human torso is found. This torso was later determined to be that of Ashley Young.
Jan 3rd, 2019 – Chance is charged with open murder and 4 counts of tampering with evidence.
The neighbor of Chance, Mario Nelson, knew him and had been friendly with him in the past. He said that the two of them had smoked marijuana in Chance’s apartment in the past. He also said that chance bragged of knowing how to get away with murder and manipulate a crime scene. Mario had also mentioned that Chance owned a .22 caliber revolver that he handled carelessly. Another claim from this man is that Jared had bragged to him about his father being in the Irish mob, hinting at a source of his knowledge.
There is a large amount of evidence that is being presented in this case. For starters, the torso of Ashley Young was found in the basement of his home. Her arms and legs were also found in a separate spot on the property. There were also a number of light blue latex surgical gloves that were found. These were found in and around Jared’s apartment, in his parents’ house, in his parents’ car, and in the street near Jared’s apartment.
The spot in the street was along a spot where cars park. This is the spot they believe Ashley’s car may have been at one point. Her car was later recovered in a parking lot. The door handle was broken and the top of the drivers door was damaged, as if someone had tried to pry it open.
Video evidence from Miss Tracy’s liquor store also shows Jarred Chance going there several times. This store is near where his apartment was. He is seen purchasing ammonia, beer, and several other items over the time between Ashley disappearing and the discovery of her body.
Evidence was also found at the home of Jared’s parents. A reciprocating Skil saw was found under a couch at their home that contained apparent human blood and tissue. Also in their house was Jared’s wallet, a large bag of marijuana, a black plastic trash bag, and several other items. Inside the Skil saw was a broken piece of saw blade. This appears to match up with a broken saw blade that was found in Chance’s apartment. An empty ammonia bottle from Miss Tracy’s was also found in his parent’s car.
The Plea Deal
The prosecution made an offer to Jared Chance to plead guilty to the charges in exchange for a lesser sentence. He would get a minimum of 31 years in prison, with a possibilty of parole. The maximum would be left up to the judge. The condition of this deal means that he would have to give a full confession of what happened. This includes a detailed account of where the remaining body parts of Ashley Young are at. He would also have to divulge the location of his .22 caliber revolver which has not been found. He chose to go to trial instead.
The Lack of Evidence
There is a significant amount of evidence in this case. There is also a lot of evidence missing. The cause of death for Ashley Young is unknown. Her missing head, neck, hands, and feet leave the answer unknown. There were over 400 .22 calibur bullets found at his house and 2 empty casings, but no gun has been found. There is also a lack of fingerprints in the evidence to tie Jared to the crimes.
Although the evidence tends to point towards Jared Chance, there has not been anything proving to be more than circumstantial. The case is still early. This is day three of trial, and it may take up to two weeks to conclude the trial. Until then we can simply wait and keep watching.