Woman tried twice in 2002 Kansas double murder, released from prison

A Kansas woman whose double murder conviction was overturned in 2018 is no longer incarcerated after more than a decade behind bars.

Dana Chandler is now free on $350,000 bond while she waiting for the third test In the 2002 murders of her ex-husband Mike Sisko and her fiancée, Karen Harkness. his second test ended in a hung jury on 1 September, She has been in jail since her arrest in 2011.

Shawnee County Judge Cheryl Rios agreed on September 29 to allow Chandler to live with her nephew, about 50 miles away, in Olathe, Kansas, if she posts the bond. Chandler will be under GPS surveillance and is prohibited from contacting or discussing the case with potential witnesses.

He was released Wednesday from the Shawnee County Jail, where he has been held since the Kansas Supreme Court overturned his first sentence in 2018.

Rios also granted a change of location for Chandler’s third trial, citing the “excessive amount of media coverage” of the case.

The new test, which is likely to begin on February 6, will be conducted about an hour northwest of Topeka in Potawatomi County.

Chandler’s release is the latest development in a 20-year legal saga that began when Cisco and Harkness were locked in the Topeka home of Harkness.

The case received publicity for the next seven years as investigators sought information from the public. “48 Hours” aired the “Haunted” show in October 2009, which looked at cold cases, including a 2007 report commissioned by law enforcement that concluded Chandler was the “primary suspect” in the eyes of law enforcement. .

Chandler was arrested and pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in 2011. In 2012, a Shawnee County jury convicted him on both counts. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.

“48 Hours” aired a second show, “My Dad’s Killer”, in September 2012, reporting on the case and Chandler’s trial and conviction.

Six years later, Chandler’s conviction was overturned by the Kansas Supreme Court, which ruled that the evidence presented by prosecutor Jackie Spradling was, in at least one instance, “made up” and “misleading.”

Spreadling was forbidden in May What the court called “unbearable acts of deceit”.

Chandler went on trial for the second time in August. That trial ended with a deadlocked jury.

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