An Ontario County jury heard more testimony Wednesday in the murder trial of Rose Chase. The Stanley woman is accused of killing her husband Adam Chase, dismembering his body and then burning his remains.
Rose Chase's neighbor, boyfriend, babysitter, a Sheriff's investigator and a private investigator all testified Wednesday.
Timothy Parks lived next door to the Chase's for over a year. Marks said he didn't know Rose well but his son went to school with her son Trysten.
Marks testified that on June 20, 2012 he thought it was unusual that Rose was cleaning the backyard which he said they never cleaned. Marks said he watched Rose carry boards into the basement through the exterior door. One of the boards appeared to be a door or table. Marks said he was about to help but she was done.
Marks was questioned by Sheriff's Deputy John Peck who asked him "if anything weird" was going on next door. Marks said he told Peck about Rose cleaning the yard.
Mark Broadhurst said he met Rose in March 2012 at work. They began an intimate relationship a month later. Broadhurst said he was aware she was married. Rose told Broadhurst her husband had left the house following an argument.
Broadhurst said he began staying with Rose shortly after her husband, Adam, went missing in June 2012. He said he moved in that August.
Broadhurst said he had access to the entire house except the basement, and that Rose told him that was because the sump pump was broken.
Broadhurst admitted he helped Rose pack up Adam's clothes and take them to her mother's in Potter, Yates County and burn them. Broadhurst said he was there when Rose burned the clothes. He said she also burned a dead cat which came from the basement of her mother's home.
Broadhurst also testified he was home with Rose when she was arrested December 14. He said that's when Rose told him what happened to Adam and that she said it was an accident.
Sheriff's investigator Christopher Drake told the court that while at Rose's house, he noticed an SUV in the driveway. Rose said it was her boyfriend's, Broadhurst. Drake said he asked her why it was there overnight on numerous occasions and she told him Broadhurst had been staying there, not living there.
Drake said Rose came to the Ontario County Sheriff's office unexpectedly to tell police Adam's family was harassing her. Drake said he asked Rose about her multiple boyfriends. Rose told him her husband didn't pay attention to her and didn't fulfill her sexually. When Drake asked her if she harmed or killed Adam, Rose said no.
Drake asked Rose about obtaining Adam's DNA. She told him she washed all his clothes. When Drake asked for a toothbrush, Rose said he didn't brush his teeth.
Drake said he went to an overpass on Routes 5 and 20 where Rose said she tossed Adams cell phone. Drake says he found pieces of it and took them to evidence.
Sandra Armison told the court Adam would drop off his son to be babysat every morning, but one day Rose began bringing the boy over. Armison said some days, a man named Mark would pick Trysten up, whom she assumed was Rose's boyfriend.
Armison said Rose was ecstatic after police held a news conference asking for help locating Adam. Rose told her she couldn't wait to see herself on TV. Armison was told by Rodney Miller, a private investigator, to tell Rose about a break in the case. Armison told Rose the buzz around town was that they don't think it's a missing person case anymore. Armison said that upset Rose.
Rodney Miller, a Chase family friend, former sheriff's deputy and private part-time investigator, provided perhaps the most damaging testimony.
Miller said on July 28, 2012 he went to Rose's home. He looked in the truck of Adam's car but found nothing but trash. When Miller asked to see inside, he said Rose began to tremble. She agreed to let him inside but not into the basement. He asked why and, again, said it was flooded because the sump pump had broken.
Miller said Rose took him upstairs and showed him where Adam had punched the wall during their argument. Eventually, Miller convinced Rose to open the basement door so he could look. Again, Miller said Rose trembled as she opened the door. Miller saw no water in the basement but said it smelled like death. He said Rose told him there were a lot of dead animals down there.
Miller asked Armison on December 13, if she'd help him play a game with Rose. He told her to tell Rose she's heard someone was going to be arrested for murder. Armison played along and told Miller once she had spoken to Rose.
On December 14, Miller went to Rose's house and told her he had enough evidence to have her indicted for murder. Miller admitted to the court that he had nothing. Miller told Rose he smelled Adam in the basement. He asked where he was and where she buried him. Miller said Rose told him she didn't bury him but burned him. He asked how she got the body out of the basement and she said piece by piece. Miller called the Sheriff's office. He said Rose then confessed to killing Adam.
Miller broke into tears on witness stand, and members of the Chase family also cried. Meanwhile, Rose showed no emotion.