Victim’s mom testifies in murder, dismemberment trial

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The first day of testimony has wrapped up in the trial of Jared Chance, who is accused of murdering and dismembering Ashley Young at his Grand Rapids apartment late last year.

Chance, 30, faces charges of second-degree murder, mutilation of a dead body, concealing a death and three counts of tampering with evidence.

The jury, along with a courtroom packed with Young’s friends and family, heard opening statements from the defense attorney and prosecutor as well as from the mother of the woman killed.

Kent County Prosecutor Lawrence Boivin spent 90 minutes going over the more than 20 witnesses he plans to call to convince the jury that it was Chance who killed Young, 31, of Oshtemo Township. At the end of his statement, Boivin asked the jury to return a verdict of guilty of second-degree murder.

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