Murder by Bakersfield School Principal Gets ‘Dateline’ Treatment Friday
A high-profile local murder case involving a Bakersfield elementary school principal will be the subject of NBC’s “Dateline” program Friday night.
The episode, “Point Blank,” which airs at 9 p.m., explores the murder of 45-year-old Todd Chance, who was found dead of a gunshot wound in a rural orchard northwest of Bakersfield in August 2013.
His wife, former Fairview Elementary principal Leslie Jenea Chance, was convicted of first-degree murder in the case in January and sentenced to 50 years to life in prison.
During the four-and-a-half-week trial that began in late 2019, the prosecution set out to prove Leslie Jenea Chance shot her husband because of a texting tryst he had carried on with a former girlfriend.