The Adair County Grand Jury declined to indict Michael “Ed” Dial for any criminal charges last week. Dial shot and critically wounded Dontay Sangster, 28 of Columbia, after a residential dispute in late March at Dial’s residence.
The shooting took place after Sangster went to Dial’s residence on Church Street, armed with a handgun, in an attempt to locate Dial’s fiancé’s daughter, Keyaire Grider, and children that the two had in common.
According to the investigation, Sangster had previously made several threats against Grider and family members. When Sangster approached Dial’s residence, he was met by Dial at the front door.
Dial informed Sangster that Grider nor their childen were at the residence and asked Sangster to leave. Sangster then threatened Dial who fired a single shot, striking Sangster in the neck who later died as a result of his injury.
The Adair County Grand Jury issued a report that stated, “the use of deadly physical force by Michael L. Dial upon Dontay J. Sangster was justifiable because Michael L. Dial believed that such force was necessary to protect himself against death, serious physical injury, or a felony involving the use of force. As a result, the case has been considered and the votes of the Grand Jury are insufficient to return any indictment against Michael L. Dial.”
“Kentucky law gives citizens great latitude when it comes to defending themselves and their families, especially in their own home,” says Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Wright in regard to the grand jury’s decision.
Wright also commended the Columbia Police Department and Sgt. Murphy for their thorough investigation of the incident.