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Detectives failed to submit two witnesses interviews into evidence prior to trial

Posted at 6:42 PM, Jan 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 03:06:05-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.  — On Wednesday, Charles R. Brehmer, the judge presiding over Leslie Chance's murder trial, informed the jury that Kern County Sheriff's detectives failed to submit two witnesses interviews into evidence prior to the trial. One of the detectives was Kavin Brewer, the lead detective on the case at the time.

The judge stated detectives didn't inform attorneys about the interviews they conducted and recorded with two different witnesses back in 2013. The judge also told the jury they may consider the failure of detectives to turn over the evidence prior to trial. California law requires that both the defense and prosecution submit all evidence prior to trial.

Defense attorney Tony Lidgett called detective Brewer to the stand. Brewer testified he failed to create a report or book an interview into evidence for a witness named Lori Aragon, in September 2013. Brewer acknowledged on the witnesses stand he would be the one responsible to make sure the reports were completed in this case, and said the other detective must have forgotten to write the report.

Brewer also acknowledged that yesterday he told the judge he didn't know who Aragon was and that he's been called for several cases and cannot remember everyone he's spoken too. Brewer acknowledged on the witnesses stand that he would be the one responsible to ensure the reports were completed in this case, and that the other detective must have forgotten to write the report. Brewer also acknowledged that yesterday he told the judge he didn't know who Aragon. He said that he's been called for several cases and cannot remember everyone he's spoken too.

Argaon, a former assistant superintendent of Greenfield Unified School District, testified she's known Chance for about 25 years. In the recorded interview with detectives the jury heard Aragon repeatedly say she cannot identify the person in the surveillance videos. The prosecution argues those surveillance videos show Chance making her way back home the morning of Todd's death.

Aragon also testified she felt during the 2013 interview detectives tried feeding her information, in an attempt to lead her to identify Chance in the surveillance videos.