Oklahoma investigator recalls Chandler remark when apprehended

Dana Chandler
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Shortly after Dana Lynn Chandler was arrested in a fast-food restaurant parking lot in Duncan, Okla., on June 25, 2011, on a warrant for two unsolved 2002 murders in Topeka, she said something to an Oklahoma Bureau of investigation agent, the retired special-agent-in-charge recalled Friday in Chandler's motion hearing.

"Okay, I'm just glad to get this over with," Chandler said to Richard Goss. Chandler didn't make any other statements to Goss, he said.

Law enforcement officers from Kansas and Oklahoma took Chandler into custody in an Arby's lot and ordered her repeatedly to step out of her car.

"She was taken into custody at gunpoint," Goss said. She was ordered to exit her car, to lie on the ground, her hands were cuffed behind her back, and she was placed in Goss' vehicle.

Goss introduced himself to Chandler and served a Kansas arrest warrant for two counts of murder in the slayings of Mike Sisco, 47, and his fiancee, Karen Harkness, 53, on July 7, 2002, in her southwest Topeka home. Each victim was shot at least five times as the two slept.

Following a lengthy trial in 2012, Shawnee County District Court jurors convicted Chandler of two counts of first-degree murder. But on April 6, 2018, the Kansas Supreme Court overturned Chandler’s 2012 murder convictions, saying an earlier Shawnee County prosecutor falsely told jurors that a protection-from-abuse order was filed by Sisco against Chandler in her divorce case.

Besides the continuance of her trial, Chandler is seeking a series of motions, including to hire an investigator and more expert witnesses, and to ask a judge to find prosecutors in contempt of court.

Earlier in the hearing Friday, District Court Judge Nancy Parrish granted a defense request for a postponement of Chandler's retrial. The defendant had been scheduled to be tried in a three- to four-week trial starting on Jan. 29.

The new trial date is June 10. Friday was the second time the retrial had been postponed at Chandler's request. On Sept. 21, Parrish moved the trial to the Jan. 29 date.

The retrial originally was scheduled to start on Oct. 1.

In seeking the newest re-trial date, Chandler contended in motions that a number of pending motions haven't been resolved yet, including appointment of more defense expert witnesses, obtaining an unredacted copy of a CBS video recording all of Chandler's 2012 jury trial, recorded interviews during the investigation in July 2011, and a recorded phone conversation between Chandler and her daughter a day after the slayings.
Chandler said her defense hadn't received 10 discs of evidence and 1,200 pages of longitude and latitude cell tower records.

Prosecutors called the adult son and daughter of Chandler and Mike Sisco to testify Friday morning. The two will return to the witness stand after the Friday lunch break.