Michigan parents charged with not telling cops about dismemberment

James Howard Chance and Barbara Louise Chance were arraigned together in a Kent County courtroom on charges of perjury (WOOD)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The parents of a man charged with dismembering a woman’s dead body in western Michigan are accused of not informing police about what happened.

James Chance and Barbara Chance of Holland appeared in a Grand Rapids court on Wednesday, charged with perjury and other crimes. Prosecutors allege that they knew that Jared Chance cut up the body of a woman from the Kalamazoo area.

James Chance, a retired police officer, told a judge that he and his wife “never committed any offenses.” Bond was set at $25,000.

The remains of Ashley Young were found on Dec. 2 at a Grand Rapids apartment building. She was 31 years old.

Jared Chance has been charged with mutilating a dead body and concealing a death but has not been charged in Young’s death.

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