Court hears Rose Chase appeal in Rochester

More than four years after she was convicted of murder for pushing her husband down a flight of stairs, an appeals court heard arguments Monday in the case of Rose Chase.

Judges from the Fourth Judicial Department of state Supreme Court’s Appellate Division heard brief oral arguments from Ontario County District Attorney R. Michael Tantillo and Rochester-area attorney Gary Muldoon, who is handling the appeal. Chase was represented at trial by Ontario County Public Defender Leanne Lapp.

In October 2013, Chase was convicted of second-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence and endangering the welfare of a child over the June 2012 death of her husband, Adam. After treating it as a missing-person case for months, sheriff’s office investigators said Chase killed Adam by pushing him down some stairs during an argument at their Mott Road home in Stanley, then covered up her crime by telling authorities he left home and didn’t want to be found.

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