After 17 years, Okla. jury to decide woman's fate

By TIM TALLEY | September 19, 2011 | 6:00 PM EDT

MANGUM, Okla. (AP) — Seventeen years after the wife of an Oklahoma prison warden disappeared with a convicted killer, jurors will decide whether she was kidnapped or ran way with him to build a new life on an east Texas chicken ranch.

Bobbi Parker's long, winding trial that took the entire summer to complete — and included nearly 80 witnesses and more than 800 pieces of evidence — boils down to one central question: Did she fall in love with now-dead Randolph Franklin Dial or did Dial drug Parker and take her from the Oklahoma State Reformatory as his hostage?

The 49-year-old Parker is charged with helping Dial escape the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite on Aug. 30, 1994. Parker's husband was deputy warden.

Parker and Dial were found in Campti, Texas, in 2005.