Mistrial declared, estranged wife says fears for life
Sources say a leader of a Texas militia group was visited by FBI officials at the front door of the Stephens County Courthouse late Thursday night. The case is a mistrial. The jury deliberated for more than seven hours and were not able to come to a verdict.
Joleen Chaney Reporting KFOR
11:44 p.m. CDT, April 28, 2011
DUNCAN, Okla. -- A former marine and known member of anti-government militias has been on trial since Monday for molesting a little girl.
Now, the man's estranged wife, a woman who says she's in fear for her life, is speaking out about her husband.
She says she is just coming to realize everything her husband has been involved in, from being in a militia to having a stolen grenade launcher, and now, she believes, a child molester.
"I'm scared of him even if he is locked away," Valerie Dyer said. "Am I scared of his followers? Yes."
A soft-spoken and teary eyed Valerie Dyer talks about the man she married when she was only 16 years old.
She met Charles Dyer at 13; they were school sweethearts.
"He was great. Good guy," she said. "Smart, funny."
But the characteristics Valerie Dyer fell in love with, she says, changed when she got pregnant with Dyers' baby at 18.
"He treated me differently. He didn't like the pregnancy. He was just angry," she said.
Valerie Dyer says Charles Dyer became abusive and violent, a side of him she'd never seen.
"That was just kind of like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," she said. "It's like he had two different worlds."
In the other world, authorities say, a manipulative militia member and child molester.
Officials say Dyer claimed the child abuse case against him is bogus and a conspiracy.
For months he has proclaimed his hatred for government in online videos.
His wife now fears for her life.
"I don't know what I'm going to do," she said. "Just pray nothing happens."
Sources tell NewsChannel 4 a leader of a Texas militia group was visited by FBI officials at the front door of the Stephens County Courthouse late Thursday night.
The case is a mistrial.
The jury deliberated for more than seven hours and were not able to come to a verdict.
April 28, 2011
P.M. UPDATE: Mistrial declared in the case of Charles Alan Dyer
Toni Hopper The Duncan Banner The Duncan Banner Thu Apr 28, 2011, 11:33 PM CDT
DUNCAN — After 7 1/2 hours, a mistrial was declared tonight in the case of Charles Alan Dyer of Marlow in Stephens County District Court in Duncan.
Dyer was charged in January 2010 with child sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12. The jury trial began Monday and it was initially expected to last through Wednesday, but testimony continued through Thursday. Dyer also took the stand in his own defense Thursday morning.
Closing arguments were made in the afternoon and the jury was sequestered at 3:30 p.m. They returned to the courtroom around 8 p.m. only to tell Judge Joe Enos they had not reached a verdict. They again returned two more times, after the third of which Enos declared the mistrial and reset the case for August 15, during the August docket.
Additionally, courthouse security was heightened in the late evening hours.
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