BAKERSFIELD - Todd Chance, the Bakersfield man found dead in a field last month, was laid to rest Wednesday but family members says his wife, Leslie Chance did not attend.
Sheriff's deputies released her from jail Tuesday but say they still consider her the prime suspect in Todd Chance's murder.
Kyle Humphrey, Leslie Chance's attorney, said he advised his client not to attend the funeral.
Todd Chance was laid to rest Wednesday morning in his hometown of Shafter. Although our cameras were not allowed inside the service, pallbearers including some of Todd's brothers, could be seen carrying his casket out of Peter's Funeral Home.
Todd's two daughters and stepdaughter could be seen hugging and kissing those in attendance. Some who attended the service say Todd's stepdaughter spoke at the funeral.
Todd's mother and father were also at the service. A crowd of about 150 then proceeded to Shafter Memorial Park where family and friends unloaded Todd Chance's casket and laid the father of three to rest.
Deputies say the 45-year-old was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds in an almond orchard August 25th. His death was ruled a homicide, and detectives say his wife, Leslie Chance, is the only suspect.
Family members told us they were asked not to speak to the media on camera, but want the public to know Todd Chance was a kind person.
Leslie Chance is the principal of Fairview Elementary School in Bakersfield. The Greenfield Union School District said she's on paid administrative leave for now.
The District Attorney's office won't say when or if Leslie Chance will be charged.