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23ABC News at 5 p.m. | Top Stories for December 9, 2019

Credit: 23ABC News | Bakersfield
Published on December 10, 2019 - Duration: 11:35s

23ABC News at 5 p.m. | Top Stories for December 9, 2019

The re-trial of Leslie Chance is underway.

We'll tell you what happened during opening statements for this murder case that is six years in the making.

Plus, the board of supervisors gearing up to discuss the service impact of PG&E.

Details on the topics they will be addressing regarding the utility company.

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23ABC News at 5 p.m. | Top Stories for December 9, 2019

ELEMENTERY SCHOOL PRINCIPALLESLIE CHANCE --ACCUSED OF KILLING HER HUSBANDBACK IN 20-13 -- IS FINALLYHAVING HER DAY IN COURT AFTERNEARLY SIX YEARS OF WAITING.OPENING STATEMENTS -- UNFOLDINGIN COURTROOMFOUR EARLIER TODAY.23ABC'S TORI COOPER IS LIVE FROMOUTSIDE THE COURTHOUSEWITH DETAILS ON THE TRIAL.

TORI?IM HERE OUTSIDE OF THE KERNCOUNTY SUPERIOR COURTHOUSE WHERE EARLIER TODAY FORTHE FIRST TIME WE SAWPHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE OF TODDCHANCE'S BODY LYING IN ANALMOND ORCHARD-AND LESLIE CHANCEIN PERSON.WE HEARD TWO SIDES TO ONETWISTED STORY.DURING OPENING STATEMENTS.

THISIS WHEN DEFENSE ANDPROSECUTION PROVIDED A ROAD TOJURORS OF WHAT THEY BOTHANTICIPATE THE EVIDENCE WILLSHOW.THE PROSECUTION ARGUING TODD'SCHANCE'SMURDER WAS PREMEDITATED WHILETHE DEFENSEMASSAGING THE IDEA OF RESONABLEDOUBT."THAT YOU WILL FIND THAT THEDEFENDANTLESLIE JANA CHANCE THROUGH HERACTIONS, PREPARED A VERYINVOLVED ANDDETAILED LESSON PLAN ON HOW TOKILL HER HUSBAND HOW TO MURDERHIM HOW TOMURDER TODD CHANCE.

AND IN FACTON AUGUST 25TH 2013 THAT'SEXACTLY WHATSHE DID."PROSECUTOR ATTORNEY ANDREACOLE-PRESENTING KERNCOUNTY JURORS WITH AN EXTENSIVEPLAN AND A DETAILEDTIME LINE SHE SAYS WAS A MAPPEDOUT AND PREMEDIDATEDPLAN MADE BY LESLIE JANEA CHANCEBACK 20-13 TO SHOOT ANDKILL HER 45 YEAR OLD HUSBANDTODD CHANCE WHO COLE SAYS WASSTILL MAINTAINING A SIDERELATIONSHIPWITH HIS EX-FIANCE CARRIEWILLIAMS-"10-27 WAS INTERESTED IN SEEINGCARRIE WILLIAMS IN ARELATIONSHIP TYPE OF WAYS.

BUTIN APRIL OF 2013 THAT SHEREGRETS DECISION TO SEND ASERIES OF PHOTOS"COLE SAYING LESLIE CHANCE ANDTODD ALLEGEDLY LEFTTHEIR FAMILY HOME EARLY SUNDAYMORNING ON AUGUST 25TH2013 IN TODD'S BLACK FORDMUSTANG, DROVE ALONG ENOS LANEWHERE COLE SAYS LESLIEEVENTUALLY FATALLY SHOTTODD IN AN ALMOND ORCHARD,ABANDONED HISMUSTANG ROUGHLY 20 MILES AWAY INA NEIGHBORHOOD IN(SOUTHWEST BAKERSFIELD)WH ERESHE LATER CHANGEDCLOTHES IN A STARBUCKS ANDPOSSIBLY RAN HOME AFTER.COLE ARGUING LESLIE CHANCE WASMOTIVED BY EXPLICIT CELLPHONE EXCHANGES BETWEEN TODD ANDHIS EXFIANCECARRIE WILLIAMS-10:28-WERE ON HIS CELL PHONETHAT WASONLY INCHES AWAY FROM BODY.A JEALOUSY SHE SAYS POSSIBLYFUELD CHANCE TO COMMIT MURDERANTICIPATING THAT MONEY WAS NOTTHE UNDERLYINGMOTIVE FOR CHANCE.THERE'S TWO SIDES TO EVERYSTORY.PUBLIC DEFENSE ATTORNEY ()ARGUING A DIFFERENTTHEORY-EXPLAING PRIORITIZEDEVIDENCE WAS DESTROYED ANDMORE-- WHILE ALSO PUSHING THEIDEA OF REASONABLEDOUBT TO JURORS.11:58-"IF YOU CAN'T BELIEVE ITHERTHEN..."KEEP THIS IN MINDCIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE(MUSTACCEPT EVIDEVE THATPOINTS TOWARD INNOCENCE!ATTORNEY'S BRIEFING THE JURY ONSOME OF THE EVIDENCETHEY MAY SEE IN THIS CASE -INCLUDING FOOTPRINTS ATTHE CRIME SCENE, THE BODY OFTODD CHANCE, TXT MESSAGESBETWEEN TODD AND HIS ALLEGEDFIRST LOVE, HIS FORD MUSTANG,SERVEILLANCE VIDEO AND DETAILSON THE MURDER WEAPON.BUT A NEW DEVELOPMENT TODAY-LESLIE'S ATTORNEY SAYINGSOME OF DNA EVIDENCE WAS NEVERTESTED AND THE REQUESTHAS BEEN SUBMITTED.FAMILY MEMBERS WERE IN COURTTODAY DURING OPENINGSTATEMENTS .DURING THE SECOND HALF OF TRIALTODAY ATTORNEY'SCALLED ALMOND ORCHARD FILDWORKERMARCO VIERAY AND HIS SUPERVISORTONY BARBOSA TO THE STAND WHERETHEY QUESTIONED BOTH OF THEMVIGOURESLY ABOUT THEIR DISCOVERYOF TODD CHANCE'S BODY.

COMING UPAT 6 WE ARE GOING TO HAVEDETAILS ON WHAT BOTH WITNESSESSHARED IN COURT UNDER OATH ALONGWITH OTHER WITNESSES WHO CALLEDTO TESTIFY.A 19-YEAR-OLD MOTHER SAYS SHEWAS YELLED AT AND SHAMED BY AOTHER WITNESSES WHO CALLED TOTESTIFY.A 19-YEAR-OLD MOTHER SAYS SHEWAS YELLED AT AND SHAMED BY APOLO RALPH LAUREN EMPLOYEE ATTHE TEJON OUTLETSFOR BREASTFEEDING HER CHILDINSIDE THE STORE ONSATURDAY."SHE STARTED TO YELL AT ME,TELLING METHAT I COULDN'T BREAST FEED INTHERE, TELLING ME THAT THERE WASCUSTOMERS AROUND AND THAT ITWASN'T RIGHT WHAT I WAS DOING,AND SHE KEPTREPEATING THAT I CAN'T BE DOINGTHAT."IT'S A STORY WE ARE WORKING ONFOR 23ABC NEWS AT SIX.THE OUTETS AT TEJON ISSUED ASTATEMENT APOLOGIZING FORA QUOTE "UNSETTLING EXPERIENCE."ACCORDING TO CALIFORNIA LAW -- AMOTHER MAY BREASTFEED HER CHILDIN ANY PUBLIC OR PRIVATELOCATIONS...EXCEPT IN SOMEONE ELSE'S HOME.WE TALK TO THE MOTHER ABOUT WHATHAPPENED AT THE OUTLETS.THAT STORY AND MORE COMING UP ATSIX.FOR THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS --PG&E HAS PUT INTO EFFECTMULTIPLE PLANNED POWER SHUTOFFSDUE TO CONCERNS OFSEVERE WEATHER CAUSING MASSIVEWILDFIRES.THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AREGEARING UP TO DISCUSSPOTENTIAL ACTIONS TO ADDRESSUNSTABLESERVICE IMPACTS TO KERN COUNTYECONOMY BY PG&E.BACK ON NOVEMBER 5-TH --REPRESENTATIVES FROM KERNTAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION MADE APRESENTATION TOTHE BOARD REQUESTING THAT KERNCOUNTY ENGAGE AND JOINTHE 8 COUNTIES OF THE SOUTHERNSAN JOAQUIN VALLEY AIRDISTRICT AS A COALITION --PUSHING FOR SEPARATION OFRATE-MAKING OBLIGATIONS.PG&E IS CURRENTLY IN BANKRUPTCYPROCEEDINGSAND HAS INITIATED A PROGRAM OFSHUTOFFS AROUND THESTATE.THE BOARD WILL TACKLE THIS TOPICTOMORROW DURING ITSMEETING.TWO PEOPLE ARE BEHIND BARS AFTERBAKERSFIELDPOLICE SAYS THEY WERE CAUGHTBURGLARIZING A HOME IN CENTRALBAKERSFIELD.ACCORDING TO B-P-D -- AROUND12-20 THIS MORNING --OFFICERS RESPONDED TO A BURGLARYIN PROGRESS AT AHOME OFF OF CALIFORNIA AVENUENEAR MYRTLE STREET.OFFICIALS SAID THE VICTIMREPORTED THE INCIDENT AFTERHE SPOTTED 34-YEAR-OLD JOE REEDAND 39-YEAR-OLD JASONEGLEN ON THE PROPERTY THROUGH AREMOTE CAMERASYSTEM.WHEN OFFICERS ARRIVED -- EGLENAND REED ATTEMPTED TORUN AWAY BUT WERE CAUGHT ANDARRESTED.POLICE WERE ABLE TO RETURN THESTOLEN ITEMS TO THEVICTIM.EGLEN AND REED ARE FACINGBURGLARY AND RESISTINGARREST CHARGES.BAKERSFIELD POLICE NEED YOURHELP IDENTIFYINGSUSPECTS WANTED FOR A BURGLARYAT A JIFFY LUBE INNORTHEAST BAKERSFIELD.IT HAPPENED AT THE BUSINESS OFFOF AUBURN STREET AROUND 6A-M ON OCTOBER 24-TH.ONE OF THE SUSPECTS IS DESCRIBEDAS A HISPANIC MANBETWEEN 20 TO 30 YEARS OLDWEARING A GRAY WEATER ANDWHITE PANTS.THE SUSPECT VEHICLE IS A BLACK4-DOOR S-U-V.IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ONTHIS BURGLARY -- CALL POLICE AT327-71-11.THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE NEEDS YOURHELP IN LOCATING ANELDERLY MAN WHO WENT MISSINGOVER THE WEEKEND...85-YEAR-OLD THEODA HARRISON WASLAST SEENSATURDAY AROUND 7 P-M AT HISRESIDENCE IN WASCO.ACCORDING TO K-C-S-O -- HARRISONSUFFERS FROMSEVERAL MEDICAL CONDITIONS ANDMAY BECOME DISORIENTED.IT IS UNKNOWN IF HE TOOK HISMEDICATION PRIOR TO THEDISAPPEARANCE.HE IS THOUGHT TO BE OCCUPYINGHIS LIGHT SILVER 2009 TOYOTACAMRY WITH THE LICENSE PLATENUMBER B-D-362-D-P.IF YOU SEE HARRISON -- YOU AREASKED TO CALL K-C-S-O AT861-31-10.TODAY -- THE CITY OF DELANO HASA CHANCE TO SIT DOWN ANDDISCUSS SAFETY WITH THE DELANOPOLICE DEPARTMENT.THE GATHERING IS BEING HELD ATTHE JEFFERSON CENTER INDELANO AND WILL RUN FROM 5-30UNTIL 6-30 TONIGHT.THE PURPOSE IS TO GIVE THECOMMUNITY THE CHANCE TO VOICETHEIR CONCERNS, ASK QUESTIONS ORMAKE COMMENTS ABOUTTOPICS INCLUDING CRIME, PUBLICSAFETY OR POLICEOPERATIONS WITH THE DELANO P-D.THE EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TOTHE PUBLIC.THE VALLEY WOKE UP TO PATCHYDENSE VALLEY FOG AFTER OURLATEST SYSTEM SWEPT THROUGH THECOUNTY.THERE IS A CHANCE FOR MORE FOGTUESDAYMORNING AS SKIES BEGIN TO CLEARWITH CALM WINDS.HIGH PRESSURE MOVES INTO THEREGION TODAY BRINGINGWARMING TEMPERATURES EACH DAYTHIS WEEK.BAKERSFIELD WILL HAVE A HIGH OF60 TOMORROW.

AIR QUALITY WILLBE GOOD AND THERE ARE NORESTRICTIONS BUT BURNING ISDISCOURAGED.

THE KERN RIVERVALLEY WILL BE IN THE UPPER-50SAND THE SOUTH MOUNTAINS IN THELOW-50S WITH PARTLY CLOUDYSKIES.A SYSTEM WILL BE MOVING INTONORTHERN CALIFORNIA ONWEDNESDAY, WE WON'T SEE ANYPRECIPITATION THIS FAR SOUTH.MOST OF THIS WEEK WILL BE DRY INKERN COUNTY.

THAT ALLCOULD BE CHANGING THIS WEEKENDAS WE TRACK THECHANCE FOR SHOWERS ON SATURDAYAND SUNDAY, MODLESARE STILL IN DISAGREEMENT ONJUST HOW MUCH RAIN WE COULD BESEEING, SO WE ARE TRACKING THISSTORM AS IT GETS CLOSER.SPARKS FLYING ON CAPITOL HILL ASDEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANSCLASHED DURING THE JUDICIARYCOMMITTEE'S IMPEACHMENTHEARING.WITHIN MINUTES -- REPUBLICANSFORCEFULLY OBJECTING TOTHE PROCESS AND ACCUSINGDEMOCRATS OF RUSHING TOREMOVE PRESIDENT TRUMP FROMOFFICE.MEANWHILE -- DEMOCRATS DISMISSEDTHE G-O-P CLAIMS AS ADISTRACTION.ABC'S MONA KOSAR ABDI IS INWASHINGTON WITH MORE.WITHIN MINUTES OF JUDICIARYCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN JERRYNADLER GAVELING IN THECOMMITTEE'S SECONDIMPEACHMENT HEARING..

PARTISANBATTLE LINES WEREQUICKLY DRAWN."BANG IT HARDER, IT STILLDOESN'T MEAN YOU'RE DOING ITRIGHT."REPUBLICANS AGGRESSIVELY MAKINGTHEIR OBJECTIONSKNOWN DERIDING THE HEARING AS A"SHAM" LED BY DEMOCRATSTRYING TO RUSH IMPEACHMENTBEFORE THE 2020 ELECTION."FOR ANYONE TO THINK THAT THISWAS NOT A BAKED DEAL IS NOTBEING HONESTWITH THEMSELVES,"BUT NADLER CLAIMED THECOMMITTEE'S URGENGY WASJUSTIFIED..

TO PREVENT THEPRESIDENT FROM UNDERMINING THEINTEGRITY OF THE 2020 ELECTION.THE COUNSEL FOR THE DEMOCRATS ONTHE PANEL...THENDETAILING THE PARTY'S CASEAGAINST PRESIDENTTRUMP..PRESENTING EVIDENCECOMPILED BY THE HOUSEINTELLEGENCE COMMITTEE"THE SCHEME BY PRESIDENT TRUMPSOBRAZEN, SO CLEAR, SUPPORTED BYDOCUMENTS, ACTIONS, SWORNTESTIMONY?PRESIDENT TRUMP DID WHAT APRESIDENT OFOUR NATION IS NOT ALLOWED TODO,"BUT THINGS QUICKLY ESCALATING..WHEN BERKEWENT FROM DELIVERING HIS OPENINGSTATEMENT SITTING IN THE WITNESSCHAIR..

TO SITTING BESIDECHAIRMAN NADLER AND QUESTIONINGTHE 2 WITNESSES..INCLU DING HISGOP COUNTERPART STEVE CASTOR,CASTOR AND REPUBLICANS ON THEPANEL MAINTAINED THATTHE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY HAS BEENPOLITICALLYMOTIVATED AND BIASED..THE TOP REPUBLICAN ON THECOMMITTEE, CALLING INTOQUESTION THE MOTIVES OF THEMAJORITY'S STAFF COUNSEL."BE CAREFUL HOW YOU THROW AROUNDDOLLARS AND GIVING, YOU AND MR.BERKE ARE HEAVY DONORS TO THEDEMOCRATIC PARTY."REPUBLICANS ALSO TOOK ISSUE WITHINTELLIGENCECOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN ADAM SCHIFFNOT BEING IN ATTENDANCE ATTODAY'S HEARING..IN A TESTY EXCHANGE ..

GOPCONGRESSMAN MATT GAETZSHOUTED THAT IT SHOULD BE SCHIFFNOT THE PANEL'S LAWYER,TESTIFYING..WHILE THE F-B-I INVESTIGATES ADEADLY SHOOTING AT A PENSACOLANAVAL BASE -- FLORIDA'S GOVERNORIS CALLING FORMORE SECURE VETTING OF FOREIGNNATIONALS BOUNDFOR TRAINING IN THE U-S.ON FRIDAY-- A SAUDI FLIGHTSTUDENT SHOT TEN PEOPLE--KILLING THREE.THE F-B-I CONFIRMS THEY AREINVESTIGATING ITAS AN ACT OF TERROR -- AND SAYTHE GUNMAN POSTED TOTWITTER SHORTLY BEFORE.IN THE POST -- HE ACCUSED THEU-S OF BEING ANTI-MUSLIM ANDCRITICIZED SUPPORT OF ISRAEL.FLORIDA'S GOVERNOR ALSO SAYS THEGUNMAN HAS A SOCIAL MEDIA TRAILALLEGEDLY SHOWING HATRED FOR THEU-S.AUTHORITIES ARE STILL TRYING TODETERMINE IF HE ACTED ALONE.

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