CONVICTION OVERTURNED KS - Mike Sisco, 47, & Karen Harkness, 53, murdered, Topeka, 7 July 2002

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A motion hearing came to a halt Thursday as double murder defendant Dana Chandler argued for a change of judge for the fourth time.

Shawnee County District Judge Nancy Parrish heard Chandler’s arguments during a hearing that was closed to prosecutors and the public.

Once the hearing was made open, Parrish said she denied the fourth change of judge motion. However Chandler intended to file an affidavit in support of the motion, which prevented the court from proceeding.

Dana Chandler files fourth affidavit for change of judge
 

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For the third time, a judge moved back the starting date for the murder re-trial of Dana Lynn Chandler. The extension will give Chandler 70 more days to prepare for the six-week trial.

Chandler's second trial on two charges of first-degree murder in the 2002 shooting deaths of her former husband and his fiancee will start Sept 18. Before the hearing on Wednesday, the re-trial had been scheduled to start on June 10.

Chandler gets 3rd trial extension, wants to fire stand-by counsel
 

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In the affidavit, Keen A. Umbehr, an attorney in the Chandler defense team, filed a 33-page affidavit asking Senior District Court Judge Robert Fairchild to issue a search warrant authorizing collection of three swabs from the mouth of a man who is related to a woman who was shot to death.

The mouth swabs obtained from the man would be compared to the DNA profiles obtained from forensic evidence recovered from the crime scene of the murders of Karen Harkness and Michael Sisco.
Affidavit: Chandler wants DNA collected from relative of one of two murder victims
 

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Judge: prosecutors not in contempt in Chandler re-trial

Prosecutors in the re-trial of Dana Lynn Chandler, who is charged in the shooting deaths of two people, aren’t in contempt of court when they didn’t file answers to a Chandler motion, the Shawnee County District Court judge hearing the case wrote.

Chandler is acting as her own defense attorney in her re-trial.

Rios denied Chandler’s request for more time beyond the October 23 hearing date.

Chandler has two standby defense attorneys, Paul Oller, of Hays, and Cyndy Short, of Riverside, Mo.

Oller and Short don’t sit at Chandler’s table during court hearings but are in the courtroom.

Defendants representing themselves “are held to the same standards of an attorney and are required to follow the procedural rules of the court,” Rios wrote.

“Defendant’s request to continue motions set for hearing on October 23, 2020, is denied,” the judge wrote.

The judge’s rulings were issued by the judge on September 17.

Following a lengthy trial in 2012, a Shawnee County District Court jury convicted Chandler of two counts of first-degree murder, and she was sentenced to two consecutive terms.

But the Kansas Supreme Court overturned the convictions in 2018.
 

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Chandler asks judge to remove appointed lawyers in peding murder re-trial

Dana Lynn Chandler, who is facing the re-trial in the 2002 shooting deaths of her former husband and his fiancee, wants the stand-by attorneys aiding her legal defense to be removed from the case, Chandler said in a court motion.

Paul Oller, a Hays attorney, and Cynthia Short, a Riverside, Mo., attorney, are the fifth and sixth defense attorneys assigned to defend Chandler or aid in her defense in her re-trial.

Chandler, who remains in jail in lieu of bond, is representing herself pro se.

Chandler alleged Oller “aggressively lunged” at her during a meeting with Chandler at the Shawnee County Adult Detention Center and yelled at her.

Chandler alleged Oller made a “cruel comment” to Chandler about her adult daughter and was “emotionally and mentally abusive.”

Besides removing Oller and Short as standby counsel, Chandler’s motion also asks the judge to appoint replacement standby counsel.

Following a lengthy trial in 2012, a Shawnee County District Court jury convicted Chandler of two counts of first-degree murder, and she was sentenced to two consecutive 50-year prison terms.

The Kansas Supreme Court overturned the convictions in 2018.
 
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