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Forensic Specialist Takes the Stand in Rose Chase Murder Trial

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Rochester: Forensic Specialist Takes the Stand in Rose Chase Murder Trial
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An anthropology professor from Mercyhurst College, specializing in forensics, testified about collecting bone fragments from the scene where Rose Chase is alleged to have burned the remains of her husband, Adam Chase.

Dr. Dennis Dirkmaat testified that he led led a team of specialists that collected the fragments from property in Yates County owned by Rose Chase's mother, Patricia Mooney.

Dirkmaat then took the bones back to the lab in Erie, Pennsylvania, and laid them out in skeletal form

"We were able to do a detailed analysis of all of those and try to then characterize what individual did we have; not specifically, but we could say it was a white male, 30 to 50 years of age, stood 5'8" to 6'3, and things like that. We also looked for any particular incidents of trauma, gunshot or stab wounds or anything like that," Dirkmaat said.

Dirkmaat said he found no signs of trauma.

Sheriff's Deputy Rebecca Eddington, a crime scene technician, testified in regard to Dec. 14, 2012, the night Rose Chase was arrested.

She said she drove Chase to her mother's Yates County home and when they arrived Eddington recalls Chase hugging her mother and saying "I'm sorry."

Eddington processed the crime scene at Rose's mother's property and told the court she found bone fragments in a metal trash can.

She testified that Patricia Mooney asked if the bones could be deer bones and Rose replied "if they were deer bones I wouldn't be confessing."

Eddington also processed the basement of Rose Chase's home the next day, and swabbed a fluid stain on the floor. Those tests, conducted by the Monroe County Crime Lab, showed no traces of blood or DNA.

Court is now in recess until Tuesday because of the Columbus Day holiday. District Attorney Mike Tantillo said he expects to wrap up the prosecution's case no later than Wednesday.

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