Woman Arrested In Topeka Double Murder Appeared In Court

By: 13 News
By: 13 News
Dana Chandler

Dana Chandler

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Dana Chandler, 51, appeared in a Stephens County, Okla., courtroom Tuesday where she did not fight extradition.

Chandler will be transported to Topeka for arraignment in the next two weeks.

Family members of Karen Harkness and Michael Sisco called Monday "a good day."

It's the day they learned authorities had made an arrest in the couple's July 7, 2002 murder.

Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor issued a news release Monday to announce the arrest of 51-year old Dana Chandler on two counts of first degree murder. Chandler is Sisco's ex-wife. Chandler was taken into custody in Duncan, Oklahoma by a task force of Topeka Police officers and agents with the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation and Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Taylor was in Duncan to witness the arrest. He said Chandler appeared sullen and unresponsive during the encounter.

Harkness and Sisco were shot multiple time while they slept in their southwest Topeka home. In October 2009, the CBS show "48 Hours Mystery" profiled the case. During the episode, Chandler and Sisco's daughter, Hailey Sisco, said she believed her mother was responsible for the killings.

Taylor declined to say what new information finally lead them to arrest and charge Chandler. He said further details would be revealed during a preliminary hearing.

The arrest is a huge step forward for Karen Harkness' family. Family members told 13 News they were in regular contact with the Shawnee County DA's office. Karen's father, Harold Worswick, and her brother, Mike Worswick, said they were called to a meeting Friday to inform them of new developments and what would be forthcoming. Monday morning, they received phone calls about Chandler's arrest.

They declined to comment on camera, but Harold Worswick said, "It is a good day."

Mike Worswick said, "We're all absolutely convinced that the right person has been arrested and we're all hopeful that justice will be served."

Sisco's cousin, Dave, echoed comments of other family members that the arrest is a step toward closure.

"We're happy there's been some movement on it," he said. "It's been a long dry spell. I'm sure everybody in the family has been waiting for this for nine years."

Dana Chandler remains in the Stephens County, Oklahoma jail. She will likely appear at a hearing Tuesday and say whether or not she fill fight extradition to Topeka to face charges.


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