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August 24, 2010

Oklahoma warden’s wife wants charge dismissed

OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma warden’s wife accused of helping a convicted killer escape from prison 16 years ago has asked a judge to dismiss the charge, saying evidence that shows she is innocent is being withheld or has been destroyed.

Attorneys for Bobbi Parker filed more than a dozen motions in Greer County District Court on Friday that allege she was kidnapped by convicted killer Randolph Dial as he escaped from the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite in August 1994 and was held hostage until she was rescued by authorities in Texas 11 years later.

Prosecutors allege Parker fell in love with Dial and ran off with him.

One of the motions filed by Defense attorney Garvin Isaacs alleges that a videotaped interview conducted by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation shortly after Parker and Dial were found in April 2005 is inaudible and thus cannot be used to develop evidence of her innocence.

“Numerous audio and video recordings of the interview have been produced by the prosecution, but none contain an audible sound,” the motion alleges. “Technical sound enhancement has been attempted. There is no acceptable written transcript of the six-hour interview.”

It says the tape’s poor condition violates Parker’s constitutional rights.

District Attorney John Wampler said Monday the tape’s sound quality is good enough to understand what was said.

“Mr. Isaacs is not entirely accurate in his assessment,” Wampler said. “Most everything on the tape can be made out.”

Another motion demands that prosecutors turn over reports developed by the FBI during its investigation of Dial’s escape and Parker’s alleged kidnapping. Isaacs has said he has repeatedly requested copies of the reports and that they will prove Parker, the wife of former assistant warden Randy Parker, is innocent.

Defense attorneys hope to use the FBI reports to cross-examine witnesses called by the prosecution. It says OSBI agents have already had access to the documents.

“These are all motions that deal with issues that need to be resolved before the trial begins,” Isaacs said Monday.

District Judge Richard Darby scheduled a hearing on the motions for Sept. 2. Parker is scheduled to go to trial on a felony charge of assisting a prisoner to escape on Sept. 20. She has pleaded not guilty.

Parker, 48, and Dial were discovered living together on a chicken ranch near Campti, Texas. A defense motion alleges that Dial kept Parker hostage “to protect himself from the possibility of being shot or killed by law enforcement officers.”

“The evidence will show that Bobbi Parker was physically and mentally abused, tortured and falsely imprisoned by Randolph Franklin Dial from Aug. 30, 1994, until her rescue on April 4, 2005,” another motion says.

Dial, who died in 2007 at age 62, pleaded guilty to escape and maintained until his death that he kidnapped Parker at knifepoint and forced her to drive him from the prison.

Prosecutors have said a search of the pair’s East Texas trailer, which had only one bed, uncovered photographs, cards they exchanged and a love letter she wrote to him.

A defense motion asks Darby to prevent prosecutors from presenting evidence of an alleged sexual relationship between Parker and Dial.

“Any allegation that Bobbi Louaine Parker had a sexual relationship with Randolph Franklin Dial while Dial was a prisoner at the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite where she lived in a house with her husband and daughters is false,” the motion states.

 

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