Antoinette Chase, an Upper Marlboro, Maryland, reverend who was strangled to death by her husband, Spencer Chase, eight years ago, will have her story play out on TV One’s Fatal Attraction. Since the new season began, Fatal Attraction has riveted its viewers with shocking stories of murder that occurs when love goes wrong. Antoinette Chase’s sad story will be told through interviews with police, family, and friends.
Murder At La Dova Way
Antoinette Renee Chase, also known as Antoinette Davis, was found dead in her home in May 2008. Authorities say when they arrived at the La Dova Way home in Upper Marlboro, they found the body of a black female with an electrical cord nearby. The 46-year-old wife and mother was transported to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Antoinette Chase’s husband, Spencer Chase, 48, told police that he found his wife unresponsive upon returning home from running errands. He indicated that he had last seen her that morning as she prepared to leave for work. But, when he came back home, he found the car’s engine still running after starting the car for his wife.
Suicide Or Homicide?
An autopsy report determined that Antoinette Davis Chase had been strangled. In speaking with Spencer Chase, police found it odd that he took the time to document every step he took on the day that she was killed. He also told police that Antoinette’s purse and cell phone were missing.
At first, Spencer Chase tried to act as though Antoinette had tried to commit suicide, but those statements were knocked down by the evidence, which proved that in her last few moments of life, Antoinette Chase tried desperately to remove the cord from around her neck.
As detectives tried to solve the Upper Marlboro murder case, they took a look into the couple’s lives together, which revealed years of financial problems.
Antoinette and Spencer Chase had become reacquainted at a 10-year high school reunion years earlier. At the time, both Antoinette and Spencer were divorced and had a child each. They seemed to hit it off right away and eventually married. They were married for almost 20 years at the time of Antoinette Chase’s death.
Putting The Clues Together
Police investigators learned that for most of the marriage, Antoinette Chase, worked hard and received promotions from her job, which provided a comfortable life financially for them both. Spencer Chase, who was said to lack ambition, had a low-paying job, and had no problem spending all of Antoinette Chase’s money.
Though her resume was impressive, including a job as an analyst for U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, they lost two beautiful homes and had to file for bankruptcy, according to the Washington Examiner. However, Antoinette Chase always managed to work her way back up. Prosecutors believed that Antoinette Chase had grown tired of footing the bill for Spencer, and when she no longer allowed Spencer Chase to have access to her money and threatened to leave him, he devised a plan to kill her.
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On the last day of her life, prosecutors believe that Spencer Chase was so afraid of losing Antoinette and the life that he had become accustomed to living that he came up behind her and strangled her with the cord. Next, he spent time establishing an alibi by staging the crime scene and running errands. His biggest mistake was not turning off Antoinette Chase’s cell phone before throwing it down a storm drain, along with her purse and other items. Investigators may have never solved the case if the pings from the cell phone hadn’t led them to the location. Patch describes how the case ended.
“Spencer Chase was tried twice for murder. His first trial in May 2009 ended in a mistrial with jurors unable to reach a verdict. The second trial ended with a guilty verdict for Chase, and in November 2010 Judge Woodard sentenced him to life in prison.”
Watch the story of Antoinette and Spencer Chase on Fatal Attraction this Monday night at 9 p.m. on TV One.
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