Ryan Dangerfield



In exchange for waiving his extradition hearing in Ohio, several charges against the suspect in the killing of a Bryan man were dropped Wednesday in the suspect’s home state of Michigan.

The move is meant to expedite the beginning of proceedings in Ohio on a Williams County warrant out of Bryan Municipal Court charging Ryan K. Dangerfield, 38, whose last address is in Reading, Michigan, with voluntary manslaughter. Extradition from the Hillsdale County Jail to the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio via the Williams County Sheriff’s Office is expected by the end of next week.

Charges dropped in Hillsdale County’s Second District Court include a previous misdemeanor charge of aggravated assault, punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000; a Nov. 5, 2018, charge of operating a motor vehicle without insurance, a one-year misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500; and two counts of assaulting, resisting or obstructing a police officer, both two-year felonies with possible fines of up to $2,000.

The latter two charges stem from his June 25 arrest at a residence in rural Reading, after authorities pursued him on a warrant out of Bryan Municipal Court.

That warrant was issued after Dangerfield was named a suspect in the stabbing death of 23-year-old Bryan resident Dylan Bible at Colonial Manor Motel on June 23. Bible was stabbed in the left rib cage, according to court documents. He was later pronounced dead at Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers-Bryan.

Voluntary manslaughter is defined by Ohio Revised Code as such: “No person, while under the influence of sudden passion or in a sudden fit of rage, either of which is brought on by serious provocation occasioned by the victim that is reasonably sufficient to incite the person into using deadly force, shall knowingly cause the death of another or the unlawful termination of another’s pregnancy.” In Ohio, a conviction of the crime carries a sentence of three to 10 years in prison.

Williams County Prosecutor Katie Zartman has indicated that upon completion of the investigation and presentation to a grand jury, that charge could be enhanced or reduced in severity, if applicable.

Prior to a previous hearing that was canceled, Dangerfield claimed the stabbing was in self-defense.

“I didn’t initiate the fight. It’s on video, straight up on video,” said Dangerfield, indicating he was egged on by two men, including Bible, who he said were present during the incident.

Additionally, Sarah Doyle, who is listed as a permanent resident of Pikeville, Kentucky, but who had been living in Pioneer, saw her felony charge of accessory after the fact reduced to resisting and obstructing. She was given credit for 11 days served, and was ordered to pay miscellaneous fines.

According to Hillsdale County Prosecutor Neal Brady, the bloody shirt Dangerfield allegedly wore at the time of the stabbing was found in Doyle’s vehicle. It was Brady’s belief that she had driven Dangerfield to Michigan after the incident.

Doyle could still face charges in Williams County, pending the result of an ongoing Bryan police investigation and the review of her case before a grand jury.

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