Ex-cop, wife charged with perjury in mutilation case

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A retired police officer and his wife, both charged with perjury in connection to a body mutilation case against their son, say they turned their son in.

Early Wednesday afternoon, James Howard Chance and Barbara Louise Chance were arraigned together in a Kent County courtroom on charges of perjury and being an accessory after the fact in the mutilation and disinterment of a dead body.

James Chance said he understood the charges, but added, "I'm not guilty of them."

He is familiar with the law, but from the other side of things. Rock Island police in Illinois confirm he served as an officer on their force for nearly 25 years, beginning Jan. 16, 1965. The department says he was a sergeant when he retired on June 15, 1989.

He and his wife bonded out of the Kent County jail Wednesday evening. As they walked out, 24 Hour News 8 asked why they didn't call police.

"We did call them," Barbara Chance said.

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