Denver Chance homicide: Accused drank with friends, bought gun before arrest

An alleged murderer spent two weeks enjoying beers with friends before his arrest because he didnt care he had killed his victim, the Crown says.
Auckland man Denver Chance, 43, was last seen on February 24, 2019. He was reported missing three days later.

Police found his body inside a white chest freezer at an address in Kingseat, rural south Auckland, on March 10, 2019.

Jay Christopher Lingman has denied murder at his trial before Justice Melanie Harland and a jury at the High Court at Auckland.

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He has already pleaded guilty to three charges relating to possession of Class A, B and C drugs, including cocaine and MDMA, for supply or sale.

Jay Lingman says he shot Denver Chance, killing him, but claims it was self-defence.

Lingman took the stand on Wednesday, under cross-examination by Crown prosecutor Gareth Kayes.

Kayes listed the events and activities Lingman undertook in the days between Chances killing and his arrest.

They included catching up with numerous friends for beers, two appointments at a tattoo studio, a personal training session and a date and overnight stay in a hotel with a woman he met on Seeking Arrangements.

He also bought a new firearm and took his son to Nitro Circus, where they sat in a corporate box.

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Denver Chances body was found at Jay Lingmans address in Kingseat, south Auckland.

Kayes said all of this showed Lingman went back to his normal life after killing Chance.

It showed he intended to kill Chance, and he didnt care about what he had done, Kayes said.

Lingman denied Kayes claims.

He told the court he was putting up a front and if he acted different, his friends would know there was a problem.

Police released images of Denver Chances car while trying to find him in 2019.

If I break down, they are going to ask me whats going on, Lingman said.

[Being around them] was a coping mechanism without having to blurt it out.

Lingman said meeting up with a woman on Seeking Arrangements was a big mistake.

He took his son out to make the boy happy, as he knew police would catch up with him soon, Lingman said.

The night the pair Nitro Circus was the last night he got to spend with his son, Lingman said. He was now in London.

Lingman accepted that he pulled the trigger on the gun which resulted in Chances death, but said it was in self-defence.

I did not murder Denver Chance, he told Kayes.

The trial continues.


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