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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

CrimProf Randall Coyne Discusses Warden's Wife Chraged with Helping Death Row Inmate Escape

Rcoyne2 From University of Oklahoma CrimProf Randall Coyne discusses the case of a deputy prison warden's wife who disappeared with a convicted murderer in 1994 and spent a decade on the run with him has been charged with helping him escape.

Three years after Bobbi Parker and Randolph Dial were found, a prosecutor said Tuesday he had charged Parker with assisting in Dial's escape from the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite. Now 45, she could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Dial died in prison at age 62 last year. After his 2005 capture, he said he kidnapped Parker at knifepoint and forced her to live with him all those years. But a court affidavit alleges that the two were romantically involved prior to the escape, and that Parker helped Dial escape by hiding him in her car.

At the time of Dial's escape, Parker left behind her husband, Randy, who was deputy warden at the Granite prison at the time, and two daughters, then ages 8 and 10. She was reunited with them after she was found in April 2005 in east Texas, where she and Dial had been raising chickens.

CrimProf Coyne said Dial's death and the long delay in prosecuting the case could work to Parker's benefit.

"She could argue that her due process rights are harmed because the prosecutor sat on the charges for so long," Coyne said. "She could argue documents or witnesses helpful to her may have disappeared."

Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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