Elementary School Principal in Bakersfield Accused of Murdering Husband

A farm worker found the body of the woman's husband in a field six days before her arrest

Saturday, Aug 31, 2013  |  Updated 5:14 AM PDT
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School Principal Named in Husband's Killing

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An elementary school principal has been arrested for investigation of murder after her husband's body was found in a Bakersfield field by a farm worker, authorities said Friday.

Leslie Jenea Chance, 46, was arrested Thursday in connection with the death of her husband, Todd Chance, who died of multiple gunshot wounds. She is being held without bail.

Todd Chance was found early Sunday and his 2011 Ford Mustang that was reported missing was discovered abandoned about 20 miles away.

Authorities would not release any details about motive or evidence against Leslie Chance but they said a weapon had been recovered. There's no indication anyone else was involved in the slaying.

Leslie Chance is principal of Fairview Elementary School that has about 525 students. She had been out of school on bereavement this week.

School district officials won't take any action until consulting with attorneys after her arraignment next week.

Ken Chichester, assistant superintendent of personnel at Greenfield Union School District, said Leslie Chance had been employed with the district since 1997. It was her third year as Fairview's principal.

"It's very shocking, so out of character for everybody that knows her," he said. "We went from Monday, where you're, 'What can we do to help?' to today, 'What do we do?'"

Psychologists were at the school Friday to help students and staff and some parents pulled their children out of school Friday. Maria Flores said she had chills when she heard the news.

"The woman must have been sick to do something like that," Flores said.

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