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District Attorney's Office will not seek death penalty in Leslie Chance case

Trial scheduled to begin Feb. 26
Posted at 10:09 PM, Oct 25, 2017
and last updated 2019-12-06 17:40:31-05

The Kern County District Attorney's Office will no longer seek the death penalty for Leslie Chance, former principal of Fairview Elementary School accused of killing her husband.

Chance faces first-degree murder with a special circumstance of murder for financial gain and a charge of personal use of a firearm causing death. The body of her husband, Todd Chance was found shot to death in an agricultural field. 

Deputy District Attorney Arthur Norris confirmed with 23ABC on Dec. 18 that the DA's office will now seek life without the possibility of parole. 

Norris also confirmed that Chance's defense filed a 995 motion, looking to strike or dismiss charges of murder for financial gain and personal use of a firearm causing death. A judge denied a motion to dismiss both. 

RELATED: Court documents reveal chilling new details in Leslie Chance's involvement in husbands murder

Chance's trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 26. The trial was originally set to begin in November, but several motions were filed that pushed back the court date. 

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