Dana Chandler Bound Over For Trial In Double Murder Case

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The woman charged in a Topeka double murder case was bound over for trial Monday morning.

The preliminary hearing for former Topeka woman Dana Chandler, charged with two counts of first degree murder continued with closing statements Monday morning.

The defense rested its preliminary case on Thursday night.

Thursday's Update: The lead agent in a double murder case took the stand Thursday, the first witness called by the Dana Chandler defense.

The state rested its case against Chandler Wednesday.

She's charged with killing Karen Harkness and Mike Sisco back in
2002. The two were shot a total of twelve times.

Thursday lead TPD detective Richard Volle testified that there was no
hair, fibers or DNA recovered from the murder scene showing Chandler pulled the trigger.

Wednesday's Update: A former friend of defendant Dana Chandler took the stand against her Wednesday morning in day three of a preliminary hearing in the double murder case.

Jeff Bailey testified that Chandler contacted him in 2002, asking for $50,000 for attorney fees, because she thought she'd soon be arrested for the murders.

Bailey said Chandler told him she'd gone on a camping trip alone the weekend of the murders, but had no receipts to prove it.

An FBI crime analyst also testified that Chandler made rapid phone calls to the victims in 2002, once calling Sisco 22 times in 31 minutes.

The Shawnee County Deputy Coroner revealed that Harkness was shot 5 times, Sisco was shot 7 times.

A neighbor of Harkness said she saw a car matching Chandler's in her neighborhood the night of the murders.

Tuesday's Update: The children of a murdered Topeka man took the stand Tuesday, testifying against their own mother, who's charged with the killing.

The preliminary hearing for Dana Chandler continued Tuesday. She's charged with killing her ex-husband Mike Sisco, and his girlfriend Karen Harkness in 2002.

The kids said Tuesday their mother was obsessed with their father, and often stalked him.

Daughter Haley Sisco also testified that her mom had told her she thought about killing her father.

A forensic psychologist took the stand late Tuesday morning to testify on his evaluation of chandler's obsessive behavior.

Monday's Update: More than ten witnesses for the prosecution took the stand Monday, eight of them were Topeka Police officers, who described finding the victims in a basement bedroom of the home at 2231 SW Westport Sq., in July 2002.

Six large evidence bags were also wheeled into the Shawnee County courtroom, that included spent she'll casings, bed sheets, and a bloodied comforter collected from the murder scene.

One TPD officer testified that he matched a coffee cup found at murder scene to one from the Kickapoo truck stop. He said he found the victims on a security tape at both the truck stop and the Sac & Fox Casino. Witnesses say there was no one following the victims, Harkness and Sisco, at either place.

A TPD officer also said he searched the victims' computers. He said he didn't know whether there was correspondence from defendant on them.

Chandler's defense attorney, Mark Bennett, says there was no DNA evidence from chandler at the murder scene. Investigators say they never found the murder weapon.

Harkness' father, Harold Worswick, took the stand Monday evening, and testified to Chandler's threatening behavior. He said Chandler acted inappropriately toward Sisco, and had their family on edge all the time because he said they were never sure what Chandler would do next.

13's Suzie Gilbert has been in court all week, and will be following the hearing as it continues.

You can follow her instant updates on Twitter - @suziegilbert.


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