Former principal accused of murder will stand trial

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A judge decided there is enough evidence to go to trial in the case of a former elementary school principal accused of killing her husband. 

The judge said there is enough evidence under the low standard of a preliminary hearing to go forward with the murder trial of Leslie Chance. But the judge said the evidence is weak. 

Leslie Chance is accused of shooting her husband, Todd Chance, the morning of August 25, 2013. His car was found in a neighborhood off Highway 99 and Panama Lane, about 20 miles from the orchard where his body was found.  

Investigators testified a witness saw a woman get out of Todd Chance's 2011 Ford Mustang and walk toward Panama Lane. Surveillance videos from homes and businesses in the area captured a person identified by the witness as the same woman who left the Mustang. The lead detective on the case said Leslie Chance's own daughter confirmed her mother was the person seen in the video. 

Prosecutors point to three life insurance policies worth $434,000 as motive. Leslie Chance was the beneficiary. She didn't receive the money, however, due to the pending case.

The defense argued there was no eyewitness identification and say evidence of the motive was weak at best. The judge agreed -- dropping a firearm enhancement saying there was no evidence leslie chance shot her husband. 

Leslie Chance was initially arrested four days after the 2013 murder. The sheriff's department was confident they had the killer. The district attorney's office didn't file charges and sent the case back to the sheriff's department for further investigation.      

Three years later, this past December, Leslie Chance was again arrested on suspicion of murder. 

Attorney Kyle Humphrey said Monday Leslie Chance can no longer afford his services and a public defender will likely take over the case. 


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