Charges move forward to trial in the murder of Curwensville Teen

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The charges for the three people, surrounding the 2017 murder of Chase Anderson, will head to trial.  

Last week Clearfield County District Attorney Bill Shaw filed charges against four people in the death of 19-year-old Chase Anderson.The defendants Denny Bailey of Woodland, Kenja Tew, of Glen Richey are both facing criminal homicide charges. Chantell Demi, of Woodland, has been charged with criminal conspiracy to commit homicide. 

Police say Chase Anderson’s body was found in a wooded area in Pike Township on August 29th. The 19-year-old was last seen alive on August 11th. Officials say Tew led them to the remains on August 29th. A forensic team from Mercyhurst University had determined Anderson died of blunt force trauma and was stabbed at least 26 times. 

Wednesday Tew his right to a preliminary hearing. Meanwhile, the proceeding for Denny Bailey and Chantell Demi lasted about two hours at the Clearfield County Jail.

Wednesday’s hearing was the first time police announced a possible motive behind the killing of the teen. Police believe it could have been a possible romantic relationship between Anderson and Demi that led to the killing. They say there was also discussion Anderson had given information to police about a burglary that involved Tew. 

Troopers also filed charges against Bailey, Demi, and Joseph Ralston, of Curwensville, with destroying evidence. They believe Bailey instructed Demi and Ralston to burn a vehicle used in the murder. Ralston turned himself into police on Wednesday evening.

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