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Pr. George's man guilty in wife's slaying

Eric Rich

In October, 2007, Prince George’s County police arrested Spencer Ellsworth Chase on charges of assaulting his wife.

The charges were dropped when Antoinette Renee Chase chose not to go forward with the case. Eight months later, she was dead — at the hands of her husband, a jury found Friday.

A Circuit Court jury in Prince George’s County convicted Spencer Chase, 49, of first-degree murder in the strangulation of his wife.

“Violence in the home can be a silent killer,” State’s Attorney Glenn F. Ivey said. “The community needs to speak up an speak out on brutality on the home front.”

On May 20, 2008, county police went to the Chase home in the Upper Marlboro neighborhood after Spencer Chase called 911 to report that his wife was unconscious, with an extension cord around her neck.

Antoinette Chase, 46, an analyst for for the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, was pronounced dead at Prince George’s Hospital Center.

According to police and prosecutors, there was no sign of forced entry into the home, and no evidence of ransacking.

Five days after the slaying, Antoinette Chase’s cell phones and purse containing her credit cards, identification and wedding rings were found in a storm drain behind a shopping center a few miles away.

Chase’s first trial, in May 2009, ended in a mistrial when the jury was unable to reach a verdict. He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 23, and faces a possible sentence of life in prison without parole.
--Ruben Castaneda

By Ruben Castaneda  |  June 16, 2010; 5:12 PM ET
Categories:  Pr. George's , Ruben Castaneda  
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