A former Topeka woman whose murder convictions were reversed earlier this year by the Kansas Supreme Court will face a new trial.
Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay announced Wednesday that his office intends to proceed with a new trial for Dana Chandler.
A new jury trial is set to begin on October 1, 2018.
In 2011, Chandler was charged in connection with the 2002 murders of Mike Sisco and Karen Harkness. Chandler was subsequently convicted of both charges in March of 2012 and was serving a life sentence for each count. The state supreme court reversed both convictions due to misconduct by the former prosecutors on the case.
Kagay said that his staff has carefully reviewed the Kansas Supreme Court’s opinion, including the Court’s lengthy analysis of misconduct committed during the previous trial as well as the limitations the Court made regarding admissible evidence should a new trial be conducted.
The Topeka Police Department handled the original investigation of this case and will be assisting with any follow-up that may be necessary, according to Kagay.