Oklahoma Supreme Court declines to intervene in Bobbi Parker case

The state Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request by Parker's attorneys to assume original jurisdiction in her appeal.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD zcampfield@opubco.com Published: April 25, 2012

The state's highest court has declined to intervene in the appeal of a former deputy warden's wife found guilty of helping a convicted murderer escape from prison.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request by Bobbi Parker's attorneys to assume original jurisdiction in her appeal.

The court also rebuffed a request by Parker's attorney, Garvin Isaacs, to compel a lower court to produce a transcript of her four-month trial at state expense.

Parker, 49, was released from Hillside Community Correctional Center in early April after serving more than half of a one-year sentence imposed by Greer County District Judge Richard Darby in November.

A Greer County jury found her guilty in September of helping Randolph Franklin Dial escape from Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite more than 17 years ago.

Isaacs claims Parker cannot afford the estimated $100,000 cost of a transcript, which he said is necessary to mount a successful appeal.

Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals ruled in mid-March that Parker does not qualify for indigent status.

Prosecutors have also asked Parker to pay for the cost of her trial. Estimated at more than $66,000, the trial is considered the longest and most expensive in southwest Oklahoma history.

A hearing has been set for May 3.

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