GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Photos of a western Michigan woman's mutilated body can be used as evidence in the trial of a man charged in her slaying and dismemberment.
A Kent County judge made the ruling at a hearing Friday.
Defense attorneys argued the photos have no value as evidence and would be used only to sway the jury against 29-year-old Jared Chance. Prosecutors said the photos show how much work was put into hiding the slaying of 31-year-old Ashley Young.
Young's torso was found Dec. 2 in the basement of Chance's Grand Rapids rental home. The Oshtemo Township woman last was seen alive Nov. 29.
Chance is charged with murder, mutilation of a body, concealing a death and tampering with evidence. His trial is expected to start Sept. 9 in Grand Rapids.
Previous stories on the Ashley Young case on 13 ON YOUR SIDE:
- Judge sends case against Jared Chance's parents to trial
- Man charged with murder after woman's torso and box of body parts are found in his home
- 'When you smile, think of Ashley Young,' Family speaks out about mutilation case
- 'Strange smell' leads police to bloody torso in basement; man charged
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