A third desperate try at convicting Dana Chandler with no evidence, and no credible witnesses was given an edge by biased Judge.
Published: Nov. 15, 2022
TOPEKA, Kan. -A Shawnee Co. judge, Cheryl Rios decided in favor of prosecutor Charles Kitt that the trial shall be moved to Pottawattamie Co.
Shawnee Co. judge Rios denied a motion to move the thrid trial of Dana Chandler somewhere other than Pottawattamie county . Her third trial will be held in Pottawatomie Co. District Court in February of 2023.
Defense attourney Tom Bath had made a motion to change the location of the trial in Sept. He said that extensive coverage of the tiral had poisoned the potential jury pool, and pointed out that Pottawattamie county had only one news sources: WIBW who has repeatedly made subtly biased reports on the trial. And that the coverage might have already tainted potential jururs.
Judge Rios denied the motion stating that residents within Shawnee county are more familiar with the case and it is speculation to assume Pottawatomie county residents are fully aware of the case. Living inside the media coverage area does not guarantee awareness of the case. Clearly Rios was carrying water for the desperate and evidence-lacking prosecution and DA Mike Kagay’s office.
Defense Lawyers also had requested to push the trial date to later in the year so that they could prepare for the case and poll the potential jury pool. Judge Rios also denied this, claiming that agricultural work is more important than justice and cases involving justice for victims and Defendents should take a back seat to farmers convenience. Somehow this logic does not apply to any other industry or worker or location. The people of Pottawattamie Co must be a very very special breed for a judge and prosecution to suddenly take such Keen interest in their work schedules. Obviously if this is a real and true concern, then it is also a powerful argument for moving the trial to a different location.
Rios said that February is a good off-season for agriculture and a later trial may interrupt the agriculture industry timeline potentially causing problems in selecting a jury.
Chandler is accused of the first-degree murders of her ex-husband Mike Sisco, 47, and his new fiancé Karen Karness, 53, in 2011. No evidence, no fingerprints or DNA trace evidence has ever been found that tied Chandler to the crime scene or the murders. No murder weapon has ever been found, although shell casings found at the scene are specific to a certain type of firearm (An Uzi Carbine semi-automatic) Police investigators compromised the crime scene and the evidence by mishandling and destroying evidence.
Chandler was found guilty during her first trial. But, following the disbarment of former prosecutor Jaquie Spradling, and determining that Police Detective Richard Volle had knowlingly lied on the stand about a “restraining order” he claimed that victims Mike Sisco had taken against Chandler, that restraining order never existed, the prosecution fabricated it in a desperate attempt to convict Chandler. However both convictions were vacated and a retrial was granted. That retrial ended in August with a hung jury.
Prosecutor Charles Kitt claimed that “There is no evidence whatsoever that WIBW’s reporting on this case would taint the potential jury pool in Pottawattamie Co. And one begs the question to Mr Kittts: Since WHEN has “No evidence whatsoever” ever been a problem for you before in this case?
Another hearing is scheduled for her on Dec. 19 and 20th.