CLEARFIELD – The fifth day of the Chase Anderson murder trial got temporarily put on hold Monday morning in Clearfield County Court.
President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman addressed jurors, saying an attorney involved had become “quite ill.” The attorney wasn’t identified so there would be no prejudicial effects on the case.
“We don’t believe it’s COVID-related,” the judge said, noting both the prosecution and defense agreed it was in everyone’s best interest to put the trial on hold for one day.
Then, Ammerman adjourned court but not before reminding jurors that they must remain “completely divorced” from the case. The trial is expected to resume at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Courtroom No. 1.
Anderson of Curwensville was 19 years old in August of 2017 when he was reported missing by his mother. His partially burned body was later recovered in a remote, wooded area of Pike Township.
In April of 2018, Denny S. Bailey, 41, and Kenja K. Tew, 26, were both charged with criminal homicide, assault, kidnapping, conspiracy and numerous related offenses.
Bailey and Tew allegedly took Anderson to the location where he was found, beating him and stabbing him to death before allegedly attempting to burn his body.
The trial is being prosecuted by District Attorney Ryan Sayers and First Assistant District Attorney Leanne Nedza. Bailey is represented by defense attorney Joseph Ryan of Reynoldsville.