Transcript for Calif. Elementary Principal Accused of Killing her Husband
Also, we should begin with a murder that is shocking a california town. It is a highly respected elementary school principal who is now accused of killing her husband, gunning him down and abandoning his body in a field. Police say they have the evidence and the murder weapon. Abc's aditi roy has the story. Reporter: For years leslie jenea chance was the quiet hard-working and well-liked principal and assistant principal at fairview elementary in bakersfield, california. But when her students return to school tomorrow she won't be there to greet them. Instead in court facing arraignment on a charge of first degree murder accused of killing her husband of 17 years and abandoning his body. Shock, disbelief. People feeling like they got the wrong person. Made a mistake. Just kind of out of character. Reporter: Police say their investigation began one week ago when farm workers found 45-year-old todd chance's body lying in a field near an almond orchard. Police later found his ford mustang abandoned at an intersection 20 miles away. They say his wife was driving and ditched the car. We believe she abandoned the vehicle there and then walked to another area and was able to make her way back to their home. Reporter: Police tell abc news now believe leslie jenea chance fired multiple gunshots into her husband on sunday, august 25th and while investigators say they have the murder weapon, they do not appear to have a motive. The couple seemed to be happily married for nearly two decades and were parents. Gives me chills. Very surprising that would happen in our area. Reporter: Meantime, at the school where she worked since 2006 parents who found out about the accusation while dropping off their children say they are in disbelief. Oh, my god. I was shocked. Really, really shocked. Until she's proven guilty I'm not going to believe it. Reporter: This morning todd chance's family tells abc news this comes as a shock to all of us. Now with his wife being held without bond his family and community are looking for answers about how what appeared to be a loving marriage may have ended in murder. For "good morning america," aditi roy, abc news, los angeles.
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