Grand jury gets Dean case

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

A Franklin County grand jury today heard evidence that Michael "Troy" Dean Jr. should be indicted on charges related to a fatal crash Saturday night that killed a local teen-ager.

Dean, 18, is charged with murder, seven counts of wanton endangerment, operating on a suspended driver's license and driving under the influence. He pleaded not guilty to all charges Tuesday at his arraignment in Franklin District Court.

Testifying today were Commonwealth's Attorney Larry Cleveland and officials from the Sheriff's Department. The grand jury was expected to return an indictment today that, according to Franklin County Sheriff's Detective Pat Melton, could include some new or upgraded charges.

A number of Dean's family and friends appeared in District Court Tuesday in support for him.

Many said they didn't know exactly what happened but they said they were certain it was an accident and didn't merit a murder charge.

"I can't defend him for the accident," said Dean's grandmother Dorothy Henry. "but I know it wasn't intentional."

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