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Trial of former Bakersfield principal Leslie Chance accused of murder to begin in November

Posted at 4:55 PM, Oct 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-06 17:43:53-05

Leslie Chance, the principal of a Bakersfield elementary school, was arrested after her husband was found in a field with several gunshot wounds in 2013. She now faces a jury in November.

Leslie Chance has denied any involvement in the killing of her husband, Todd Chance, whose body was found in an almond orchard about 11 miles from his home. She was first arrested after his body was found, but was released days later.

The District Attorney's office sent the case back to the Sheriff's Department for a more detailed investigation and the FBI got involved. Three years after the crime, Leslie Chance was arrested and charged with murder.

In June of this year, a mistrial was declared when the public defender's office declared a conflict of interest in representing her. Since then, several motions have pushed the trial back. It is now scheduled to begin on November 25th.