Randolph Dial fires attorneys, says he'll defend himself

Friday, September 2nd 2005, 5:40 am
By: News On 6

MANGUM, Okla. (AP) -- A man accused of abducting the wife of an assistant warden more than ten years ago and leaving the state with her has fired his attorney.

Randolph Franklin Dial told Greer County District Judge Richard Darby that he'll represent himself at trial.

An investigator for Dial's court-appointed attorney once worked for the Kiowa County sheriff's office and helped search for Dial after his escape from the Oklahoma State Reformatory in August 1994.

Dial is charged with escape and could receive seven years in prison to serve in addition to the life term Dial he got for killing his Broken Arrow karate instructor.

Authorities are trying to determine whether Dial should be charged with kidnapping Bobbi Parker, the wife of Randy Parker, then-deputy warden at the Oklahoma State Reformatory.

The two remained missing for more than a decade before being arrested in April in east Texas. They had lived and worked on a chicken farm for the past five years.