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Wed July 6, 2011

Testimony in Parker Trial

Mangum, OK – Testimony to begin in trial of Okla. warden's wife

MANGUM, Okla. (AP) Testimony is scheduled to start in the Greer County District Court trial of a former Oklahoma prison warden's wife accused of helping a convicted killer escape almost 17 years ago.

Opening statements began in the trial of Bobbi Parker on Tuesday and were expected to continue Wednesday morning.

Parker and Randolph Dial disappeared Aug. 30, 1994, from the Oklahoma State Reformatory where her husband was deputy warden. Parker and Dial were found at a chicken ranch in Campti, Texas, in 2005.

Prosecutors allege Parker fell in love with Dial and helped him escape. But defense attorneys say Dial was a manipulative sociopath who drugged, kidnapped, beat and repeatedly raped Parker and held her hostage for more than a decade.

Parker has pleaded not guilty to assisting a prisoner to escape.

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