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Crime Scene Investigators Testify in Rose Chase Murder Trial

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Rochester: Crime Scene Investigators Testify in Rose Chase Murder Trial
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Testimony in the Ontario County murder trial of Rose Chase resumed Tuesday. Chase is accused of killing her husband Adam Chase, dismembering his body and then burning his remains.

A video of Rose Chase allegedly confessing to police is expected to be played for the jury sometime Wednesday. Testimony from crime scene investigators took up the entire day Tuesday.

Rose Chase is charged with murder 2nd and tampering with evidence in connection with the June 2012 death of her husband, Adam Chase.

Ontario County Sheriff's Sgt. James Alexander, who supervises the crime scene unit, testified that he smelled an overpowering odor of decay in the basement of the Chase's home in the hamlet of Stanley when he began processing that scene on Dec. 14, 2012.

Alexander did admit under cross-examination that carpet at the bottom of the stairs, which Adam was alleged to have fallen down or pushed down, was never tested for blood or DNA.

Investigator John Abraham, assigned to the cyber crime unit, testified that he examined cell phone pieces collected from Routes 5 & 20 in Canandaigua. He said his analysis found a text message, sent from that phone, which belonged to Adam, to a Droid phone believed to have belonged to Rose, on June 20, 2012, which was some six days after Adam Chase allegedly died.

Abraham also testified that between 90 texts were sent between the Droid and a phone belonging to a person named Mark between Oct. and Dec., and the text messages indicated the sender and receiver were in love. "Mark" is believed to be Rose Chase's boyfriend, Mark Broadhurst.

Earlier, Deputy Karl Nelson opened up evidence bags while on the witness stand and showed three bleach-stained towels he collected from the home.

Deputy Mike Rago testified that he photographed the home. However, he said when luminol was used to find traces of blood, he didn't have the proper equipment to photograph the glow that occurred from the luminol test.

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