Randolph Dial, convicted killer, dies in prison

Oklahoma City (AP) _ Convicted killer Randolph Franklin Dial, who was caught in Texas in 2005, died today after a lengthy illness.  The 62-year-old inmate had been in a prison infirmary for about two weeks.  The official cause of death wasn't released.

Dial spent more than a decade on the run after escaping the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite in 1994. He took with him Bobbi Parker, the wife of the prison's deputy warden.  The two were found in April of 2005 in the east Texas community of Campti.

He said previously that he forced Parker to go with him and kept her as a hostage.  Parker hasn't been charged.

Dial last year pleaded no contest to an escape charge. He said at the time his heart was failing. Dial was convicted in 1986 of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison for the 1981 murder of a Broken Arrow karate instructor.