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 case," 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 with us."
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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