Leslie Jenea Chance, 46, the principal at Fairview Elementary School, was arrested Aug. 29, four days after a farm worker discovered the body of her husband, Todd Chance, in a field about 16 miles from their Bakersfield home. Todd Chance, who was 45, had been shot multiple times and his death was ruled a homicide.
Jenea Chance, 46, was released Tuesday, after prosecutors sent the case back to the Kern County Sheriff's Office for further investigation, The Bakersfield Californian reported.
Deputy District Attorney Andrea Kohler declined to say what further information her office sought from deputies, but she said the case was "kind of front and center" with investigators, the newspaper said Wednesday.
Kern County Sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt said Jenea Chance is the only suspect in the case but her attorney, Kyle J. Humphrey, said his client "is adamant about her innocence."
Pruitt said investigators think Jenea Chance rode to the field with Todd Chance in his 2011 Ford Mustang and then went home, but he did not say his she got there.
A Greenfield Union School District official said Jenea Chance -- who is in her third year as principal at the school and has worked in the district since 1997 -- was on paid leave.
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