MANGUM — A woman accused of helping convicted murderer Randolph Dial escape the Oklahoma prison where her husband was assistant warden faced a Greer County judge today.
Bobbi Parker, 45, was booked, fingerprinted and released on a $10,000 bond before Associate District Judge Dan Deaver. She faces a felony charge of helping a prisoner escape. If convicted, she could spend up to 10 years in jail.
Parker, with Dial concealed in her car, drove away from the Oklahoma State Reformatory in 1994. Federal agents found them April 4, 2005, living on an east Texas chicken ranch.
Despite reservations from his family, Parker's father-in-law addressed the media following the court appearance.
"We've had 13 years of this," Jerry Parker said. "The first 10, we heard nothing from her. Now Bobbi has been reunited with her husband. It's time for the Parker family to be represented."
Jerry Parker also said his son, Randy, and his wife have "worked things out" and that she is "thrilled to be back."
Randy Parker sat by his wife today before she was booked. The Parkers' daughters also were present. The girls were 8 and 10 when their mother disappeared. One has since graduated from nursing school; the other is attending college.
Since Dial's escape, many have wondered whether Parker was a captive or was smitten with him.
Jerry Parker, speaking for the family, said they are disappointed with the decision to prosecute Bobbi.Slideshow: Bobbi Parker and Randolph Dial