Attorney Kyle Humphrey was present with his client, Leslie Chance, in court
last week and entered a not guilty plea on her behalf. Chance, a former
school administrator, was unexpectedly arrested and charged with the 2013
death of her husband earlier this month. Speaking with the press, Attorney
Humphrey maintained that his client has been wrongfully accused.
"Obviously she’s not happy to be in jail. She doesn’t
like being arrested or accused—but she’s ready to fight this
he told Bakersfield.com. Attorney Humphrey was also asked about why Chance was arrested on the
road after already agreeing with the police to turn herself in. "It’s
a game that gets played," he said, referring to the police's decision.
The client's husband was found shot dead in a field in 2013 sixteen
miles from his home in southwest Bakersfield. Leslie Chance had been initially
arrested after his discovery—but was released five days later due
to a lack of evidence.
"Police Don't Share with Us"
It is still unclear what changed in the investigation that made Leslie
Chance a suspect again. Deputy District Attorney Arthur Norris revealed
in a statement that the Kern County District Attorney’s Office,
the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, and the FBI all collaborated on
the case, but it was not stated if there have been new findings. Norris
did admit that the FBI had helped local authorities recover digital evidence.
There's also a question of the murder weapon, which is now said to
be recovered, but city officials would not confirm whether or not that
its discovery was in any way connected to Leslie Chance. Attorney Humphrey
was asked about the possibility of new evidence, but admitted that he
still had to review the case himself. "It’s hard to get people
to understand,” he explained, "but police don’t share
Attorney Humphrey and his team are currently preparing for Leslie Chance's
trial and will ensure the details of this case are thoroughly and exhaustively
examined by the judge and jury.
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