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Sgt. Rich Volle's false testimony about Protection from Abuse Order in Dana Chandler case

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Published on Mar 23, 2019

In March of 2012, Dana Chandler was put on trial for the murder of her ex-husband Michael Sisco and his girlfriend Karen Harkness without any direct evidence linking her to the crime which occurred 500 miles away from her home. During the trial, the lead detective, former Topeka (Kansas) Police Department Sgt. Richard Volle falsely testified under oath that Michael Sisco had obtained a Protection from Abuse Order against Dana Chandler. The lead prosecutor, Jacqie Spradling, would repeat this lie in her closing arguments, stating: “How else do we know the defendant is guilty? Mike got a protection from abuse, a court order. He applied and said, hey, Judge, please order this woman to stay away from me and the Judge agreed. And in 1998, meaning one year after he filed for the divorce, he was continuing to have problems with the defendant not leaving him alone. So he got a court order saying she has to stay away. The protection from abuse order did not stop the defendant, though.” However, on April 6, 2018, the Kansas Supreme Court unanimously overturned Dana Chandler conviction based on prosecutorial misconduct. In the Supreme Court’s opinion, the justices concluded the prosecution of Chandler “unfortunately illustrates how a desire to win can eclipse the state’s responsibility to safeguard the fundamental constitutional right to a fair trial owed to any defendant facing criminal prosecution in a Kansas courtroom.” www.bit.ly/ChandlerReversal

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