Kansas woman seeks to represent self in double homicide retrial

June 19, 2020 - 6:23 pm

A woman charged with killing her ex-husband and his fiancée in 2002 in Topeka has taken over her own defense in her retrial. 

Dana Lynn Chandler, 60, told Shawnee County District Court Judge Cheryl Rios on Friday that she didn’t want two attorneys who are experienced in criminal law representing her. But Rios immediately instructed the two to remain on the case as Chandler’s standby counsel. 

Chandler was convicted in 2012 of the 2002 killings of Michael Sisco and Karen Harkness. But the Kansas Supreme Court overturned her conviction in 2018 because of misconduct by the prosecutor. 

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