Trial of ex-principal charged in husband’s killing postponed

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The trial of ex-principal Leslie Chance, charged with murder in her husband’s 2013 slaying, was postponed Monday to May 6.

Chance, 52, faces life without the possibility of parole if found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Todd Chance. His body was found Aug. 25, 2013, off a dirt section of Noriega Road near Enos Lane. 

He suffered two gunshot wounds in the chest and one in the palm of his right hand, according to court documents. 

Prosecutors say Chance drove with her husband to Noriega Road. She shot him, prosecutors say, then left his Ford Mustang in a southwest Bakersfield neighborhood before making her way home by taxi and on foot. 

Principal of Fairview Elementary School at the time, Chance was initially arrested four days after the killing. She was released days later after the District Attorney’s office sent the case back to sheriff’s detectives for further investigation.

Chance was working as an administrator in the Greenfield Union School District when detectives rearrested her Dec. 1, 2016.

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