BAKERSFIELD - A murder victim's vehicle is back with his wife, an elementary school principal suspected of the crime. Kyle Humphrey, Leslie Chance's attorney, says the car involved in the murder was returned to his client Friday.
Chance's attorney, Kyle Humphrey, said the last time she was asked to pick up her husband's car, she was arrested. This time, she only picked up the car, but Humphrey said she doesn't want it.
The car is Todd Chance's 2011 Ford Mustang. Humphrey and his private investigator looked over the black vehicle Friday afternoon, searching for evidence they say the Sheriff's Department might have missed. There are no visible bullet holes or blood, only a muddy smear on the driver's side door handle.
Humphrey said initially, Leslie Chance got a bill from the Sheriff's Department to tow and store the car. When Humphrey called about the bill, he says deputies told him it was a mistake and his client could pick up the car.
Humphrey said for now, the car will sit in storage. He said Leslie Chance doesn't want it because it reminds her of Todd Chance.
"Apparently this was his love. He liked to drive it. He liked to wash it every weekend with his girls and he liked to go cruising," said Humphrey. "So it has all kinds of good memories for her and unfortunately a tragic final memory."
Todd Chance's body was found in an almond orchard last month. That same day his Mustang was found in a southwest Bakersfield neighborhood, about 15 miles from his body.
Leslie Chance was arrested for Todd Chance's murder but was released Thursday after the District Attorney's office said it wouldn't charge her just yet.
She did not attend her husband's funeral Wednesday at her attorney's wishes.
"So if she could avoid it and not expose her children to confrontation or outrage, she's being a good mother," said Humphrey. "So to all the naysayers out there, I made the decision. I'd make the same decision and boo to you."
Deputies said Leslie Chance is still the only suspect in the murder. Humphrey said deputies still have many of her belongings including her purse, phone and computer.