MANGUM — Jurors completed their first full day of deliberations Tuesday as they work to decide whether a former Oklahoma prison warden's wife helped a convicted killer escape or if she was kidnapped and held in check through threats for more than a decade.
Lawyers in the case said Tuesday that the judge granted a request by the jury to tour the home on the prison grounds where the warden and his wife lived. The jury is to board a bus at 9 a.m. Wednesday for the drive to the prison.
Bobbi Parker, 49, could face up to 10 years in prison if the jury decides she helped Randolph Franklin Dial escape from the Oklahoma State Reformatory, where her husband worked as deputy warden.
Jurors began deliberating on Monday after listening to months of testimony from more than 80 witnesses and reviewing more than 800 pieces of evidence. In addition to requesting the tour of the prison grounds, the jury on Tuesday asked to review 1994 video shot by Texas police of the van Parker and Dial disappeared in.
The jury faces one central question: Did she fall in love with Dial, who died in 2007, or did Dial drug the woman and take her from the Oklahoma State Reformatory as a hostage?
Parker and Dial disappeared Aug. 30, 1994. It took 11 years for authorities to locate them in Texas.
Prosecutors say Parker helped Dial escape after falling in love with him while they worked in a prison pottery program in the garage of the Parker home, on prison grounds.
Both Dial and Parker maintained he kidnapped her, but Oklahoma authorities filed charges against Parker, believing she helped Dial escape.
In his closing argument Monday, assistant prosecutor Eric Yarborough dismissed Parker's claim that she was drugged.
“The intoxication in his case was love,” he told jurors. “She chose freedom with Randolph Franklin Dial. Was it a good choice? Probably not. Was it a bad choice? Absolutely.”
Parker's attorney, Garvin Isaacs, called Dial a “sick, sociopathic egomaniac” who stole Parker from her husband and two daughters. She's still married to her husband, Randy Parker, who testified during the trial that he loves his wife.
“Bobbi Parker isn't going to do anything that will break up her family,” Isaacs said.