Defense attorney Garvin Isaacs also accused Greer County prosecutors of engaging in "character assassination" by accusing Bobbi Louaine Parker, 49, of having an intimate relationship with Randolph Franklin Dial and helping him escape from the Oklahoma State Reformatory where her husband, Randy Parker, was deputy warden.
"Bobbi Parker was kidnapped and was not someone who was participating in an escape," Isaacs told her 12-member jury as he wrapped up his opening statement in the case. Isaacs addressed Parker's jury for almost four hours over two days.
Prosecutors maintain that Parker fell in love with Dial, a convicted killer, and helped him escape on Aug. 30, 1994. Authorities say she used the alias Samantha Deahl and represented herself as Dial's wife before they were discovered living together in a mobile home at a chicken ranch in Campti, Texas, in April 2005.
But Isaacs claimed Parker was drugged, kidnapped, beaten and repeatedly raped by Dial and stayed with him for more than a decade after he threatened to harm her family if she left.
"She is thinking for 10 years: 'I've got to protect my husband and my daughters,'" Isaacs said. "Bobbi was kept drugged, she was unconscious 20 hours a day for a real long time.
"What Dial was trying to do was break her down. This is one of the sickest, most evil people you'll ever hear about," Isaacs said.
Isaacs has subpoenaed several psychologists and psychiatrists to testify about the impact of a kidnapping on the victim and how hostages fear their captors. He told jurors that Parker waited in vain for years for someone to rescue her from Dial.
"When nobody comes, she gives up," he said.
Isaacs has said Parker will testify in her own defense to refute accusations that she had inappropriate relationships with Dial and inmates at other prisons her husband helped supervise. Her husband and daughters also are expected to testify.
Parker took notes but showed no emotion as Isaacs delivered his opening statement.
Dial died at the age of 62 in 2007, one year before charges were filed against Parker. He pleaded guilty to escape and maintained that he kidnapped Parker at knifepoint and forced her to drive him from the prison.
In his opening statement on Tuesday, Assistant District Attorney David Thomas said Parker and Dial formed a pact before they were discovered living together that if they were ever caught, "they would say she was kidnapped and held against her will."
Parker has pleaded not guilty and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
The first witness to testify in the case was Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agent Robert Williams, who identified dozens of items removed by investigators from the cramped mobile home Parker and Dial shared in Texas.
"The house itself was extremely cluttered. It was in disarray," Williams said.
Among the items Williams said were found was a computer, a revolver, a sex toy, a box of condoms and dozens of handwritten documents and mail that Williams said were found throughout the mobile home.