Woman accused of helping murderer escape appears before judge

By Julie Bisbee Modified: April 21, 2008 at 9:26 pm •  Published: April 21, 2008
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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
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Timeline

Sept. 16, 1981: Kelly Dean Hogan, a Broken Arrow karate instructor, is killed.

May 1, 1986: Randolph Franklin Dial surrenders to Las Vegas police and confesses to Hogan's killing.

Aug. 11, 1986: Dial pleads guilty to murder, is sentenced to life in prison.

May 21, 1991: Dial is moved to the medium-security prison at Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite.

July 1994: Dial is moved to the minimum-security trusty section.

Aug. 30, 1994: At 11:30 a.m., Bobbi Parker leaves message with husband's secretary saying she's going shopping in Altus.

Aug. 30, 1994: At 1 p.m., Dial is noticed missing but not confirmed missing until 8 p.m.

Aug. 30, 1994: At 8 p.m., Parker calls her mother from Hurst, Texas, asking her to tell her two children she is fine and will see them soon.

Aug. 31, 1994: Parker calls a friend from Fort Worth, Texas, to say she's OK and will be home soon.

Sept. 12, 1994: Parker calls a family member to say she's OK.

October 1994: Dial is reported seen driving in northeast Arkansas with an unidentified passenger.

April 4, 2005: Dial is taken into custody in Texas.

Dec. 7, 2006: Dial pleads no contest to escape charge and has seven years added to his sentence.

June 13, 2007: Dial dies after a long illness.

April 4, 2008: Bobbi Louaine Parker was charged with assisting the late Randolph Dial in his infamous 1994 escape from the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite.

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