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Defense attempts to discredit witness in day five of Leslie Chance trial

Day five of the Leslie Chance trial took a personal turn Friday, as the defense attempted to discredit a witness's motives.
Posted at 4:58 PM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 21:09:57-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Day five of the Leslie Chance trial took a personal turn Friday, as the defense attempted to discredit a witness's motives.

In 2013, when detectives showed Diana surveillance video of the person they believed killed Todd, Diana told that she recognized that person as Leslie, Todd's wife.

Now, more that six years later, defense attorney Tony Lidgett attempted to prove that Diana had other motives.

"You talked about how [Leslie] was note a good mother, is that right," Lidgett asked.

Diana responded that she did not recall ever saying that to detectives. That was when Lidgett began to play a recording of Diana speaking to Detective Brewer on Aug. 29, 2013.

In the recording, Diana could be heard telling detectives that Leslie "never took care of Todd," and that the couple was spending a lot of money.

"The more money they made, the more they'd spend," she said in the recording.

Lidgett also attempted to discredit Brewer in the recording, suggesting that Brewer played-off of Diana's fears. He also claimed Brewer boasted Diana's memory by telling her other people identified Leslie in the video too.

The defense took another hit at Diana's credibility by bringing up problems in her own marriage. Diana sharply responded.

"I don't know what that has to do with this," she testified. The defense quickly moved on.

The prosecution's next witness was Technical Investigator Jacqueline Moore, the investigator who sealed and processed Todd's Ford Mustang for evidence.

The prosecution laid out the process Moore took to collect and seal the evidence within the Mustang and the Mustang itself.

Along with Moore, the prosecution also called another technical investigator and and a criminalist to testify about the processing of the .38 caliber found inside Todd's Mustang and ballistics.

The trial is set to resume on Monday at 9:30 a.m.