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November 3, 2013

State affirms Dyer’s conviction

1st appeal denied

DUNCAN — Charles Alan Dyer’s appeal to the State of Oklahoma was denied Wednesday. Dyer is in the state corrections facility for a 30 year sentence after being convicted of a child sexual abuse felony charge in June 2012.

The Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the conviction and sentences, basically denying his appeal. The appeal was filed June 12, 2012, after Dyer was  found guilty of the charge.

Dyer’s days with the Oklahoma court process began in January 2010, after he was accused of multiple crimes. Several trials and hearings later, including two mistrials, eventually a jury found him guilty of the above charge in April 2012.

In January 2010, a federal indictment alleged that Dyer was found to be in possession of a Colt M-203, 40-millimeter grenade launcher on Jan. 12. The weapon was not registered to Dyer in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Records, according to court documents. The indictment stemmed from an original complaint against Dyer, a former U.S. Marine, on child sexual abuse. His estranged wife, Valerie Dyer, had made the complaint.

Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney and deputies went to Dyer’s residence on Hope Road in Marlow, Jan. 12, to serve a warrant for his arrest of an alleged child sexual abuse crime. While there, they noticed a grenade launcher. They contacted federal authorities and a search warrant was secured. The complaint was filed by Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Agent Brett Williams - See more at: http://duncanbanner.com/local/x993498371/Dyer-found-not-guilty#sthash.7M2LDLfS.dpuf

In April 2010, he was found not guilty of the federal charge. But his problems weren’t over. They were only beginning. Dyer, then 29, was released, but then, Assistant District Attorney Josh Creekmore requested a $1 million bond. http://duncanbanner.com/local/x1612539786/Dyer-released.

District Judge Carl LaMar set the bond at $150,000, with stipulations that Dyer not leave the state or own a passport.

In April 2011, Dyer’s first jury trial was held and a mistrial was declared when the jurors could not reach a decision on his guilt or innocence.

In August 2011, Dyer’s mobile home was burned to the ground only days before another trial was set. Dyer appeared in court on a special hearing right as the courthouse was closing. He walked away from that hearing but did not reappear the following week for his trial. The FBI put him on their most wanted list and a nationwide manhunt ensued.

He eventually was found in Texas, and authorities said they captured him, though Dyer’s supporters claim he turned himself in.

Dyer was not charged with arson of the home. A woman he knew, Monica Joy Freeman, was charged with the crime. In August 2012, she entered a plea of guilty and received a 15 year suspended sentence and a $1,500 fine. Earlier that year, in March, she was denied a protective order request against Valerie Dyer.

Freeman had claimed she and Dyer had been intimately involved. Dyer denied that claim, according to his family.

In January 2012, Dyer returned to Stephens County District Court for another jury trial on the child sexual abuse charge. Again, the case was declared a mistrial, but because of a clerical error, not because of a jury deadlocked. It was reset for April and he was found guilty of the crime.

The Banner has not yet obtained a copy of the transcript for the evidentiary hearing that was denied. According to Oklahoma State Courts Network (OSCN) records, the opinion and accompanying records will be sent to District Attorney Jason Hicks, Al Hoch,with Oklahoma Indigent Defense System, and Judge Joe Enos.

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