In this case, there has been no finding that Ms. Chandler’s ongoing detention is necessary
to serve any compelling state interest. This is especially true given the opinion of the Kansas
Supreme Court’s in which they observed that there is no direct evidence of guilt, there was no
physical evidence tending to place Ms. Chandler at the crime scene, or in the State, and that the
prosecutor told lied to the jury, to stack the deck, and gain what turned out to be an unlawful
conviction. The government’s interest in Ms. Chandler’s ongoing incarceration cannot be justified
where incarceration itself exacerbates an ongoing and devastating public health crisis and brings a
heightened risk of illness and death to people inside and outside the jail. This Court should identify
conditions of release that better protect public health and safety, and it must do so urgently.COVID-19 Bail Motion Chandler p. 13. Dana Chandler asks to be released or have bail reduced due to health risks and dangers of covid-19 while in Jail.
Dana Chandler has been sitting in Shawnee Co jail for several years now, exposed to COVID-19 with her own co-morbidities. Her bail set at a million dollars, even though there is no evidence that suggests she commit any crime, or was even in the state at the time of the murder of Mike Sisco and Karen Harkness. A previous ill-gotten conviction was vacated when the Kansas Supreme Court found that the DA’s prosecutor, Jaqui Spradling had repeatedly lied to the jury and the court, and a Topeka Police officer, Richard Volle had also lied to the court and jury about a “restraining order” that never existed, and that the DA’s office had repeatedly claimed did exist.
In other words: an innocent woman still sits behind bars awaiting a re-trial, with an obscenely high bail, while the DA knows that there is no evidence to convict her again, and that she faces a very high likelihood of dying in jail before ever facing trial again.
Below is the original court motion:
And here is Judge Rios Order denying pretrial release and reduction of bail: