Double Murder Trial To Begin Monday

By: Suzie Gilbert Email
By: Suzie Gilbert Email

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The trial for a nearly decade-old Topeka double murder case will begin with jury selection on Monday (3/5).

More than a hundred people have been summoned to appear as prospective jurors in the case, narrowed from a field of 374 people who answered a juror questionnaire last week.

Dana Chandler will face the Shawnee County jury, and Chief Judge Nancy Parrish.

Chandler is charged with two counts of first degree murder for the slayings of Mike Sisco and Karen Harkness back in 2002.

The two were gunned down in Harkness' southwest Topeka home, shot a total of 12 times.

Prosecutors say the killings were intentional and premeditated.

Defense attorneys say authorities don't have any physical evidence tying chandler to the murder scene.

Court officials say they expect the twelve jurors and five alternates to be seated by Wednesday.

CBS engineers from 48 Hours spent last week installing cameras in the courtroom. The documentary crime series will cover the trial as the pool camera. 48 Hours ran a segment on the double murder case back in 2009.

The trial is expected to last three weeks.

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