Source: Duncan Banner
DUNCAN – The last time Jan Dyer says she spoke to her son Charles was at 4:45 p.m. Friday. At that time, he was going into the Stephens County District Court for an emergency hearing, which might result in his trial for child molestation being postponed one week.
Monday afternoon, when asked about her son’s circumstances, Jay Dyer replied, “I don’t know if he’s alive or dead.”
Jan and John Dyer have spent their life savings and put up their home as collateral on a bond for Charles Dyer. That bond was revoked Monday by District Judge Joe Enos and issued a bench warrant for Dyer, who failed to appear in court Monday for jury selection in his second trial on the molestation charge. Enos also reset bail at $500,000.
Dyer was charged in January 2010 with the crime and a trial was held in April, which resulted in a mistrial and resetting the trial for Monday. In recent weeks, Dyer’s attorney David Hammond, from Stuart and Hammond law office in Duncan, has filed numerous motions with the state requesting continuances and even a change of venue.
On Friday, a mobile trailer near Marlow in which Dyer used to live was destroyed by a fire that has ruled to be arson. Monica Joy Freeman, of Duncan, was alleged to have started that blaze. She claims to be an acquaintance of Dyer.
On Monday, Jan Dyer said her son does know Freeman, but they were not in a relationship. “She is not, nor has she ever been a girlfriend of his. She would like to be,” Dyer’s mother said.
Dyer’s sister Amy Dark drove to Stephens County from Tennessee Friday, noting, “I’m worried about my parents.”
Dark also said she’s afraid her brother, now considered an armed and dangerous fugitive, will not come in peacefully. At the same time, she hoped that isn’t the case.
Dyer’s mother said she believes Charles Dyer is running scared and may be afraid for his life. She said he may not realize he is not a suspect in the arson case.
Jan Dyer issued a plea to her son. “I love you, we know you are under stress,” she said. “We know you have been pushed past your limit, but come home. We will get through this together with God.”
Both women believe Charles Dyer has fled the area because he is worried for his family’s safety, and fears if he is around they will be harmed.
“He’s never hurt anyone in his life,” Jan Dyer said.
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