One of Hunt County’s most notorious murder cases is scheduled to be the subject of a television program Monday.
The tragic death of Sandy Dial of Garland still affects her sister, Janet Holley, almost 28 years later.
“It never goes away,” Holley said. “It is something that never goes away.”
DeEllen Bellah, the woman convicted of orchestrating Dial’s murder, is the focus of the latest episode of “Diabolical:Who Needs Enemies” scheduled at 3 p.m. local time Monday on the Investigation Discovery cable channel.
Bellah is set to be considered for parole again in November and Holley hopes the airing of the show helps make sure Bellah remains in prison.
“So many birthdays and Christmases have passed since my sister was murdered,” Holley said. “District Attorney Noble Walker has been at our side through the whole life changing ordeal. Bellah is eligible for parole once again November and Mr. Walker continues to stand with us as we oppose the parole of the criminals who murdered my sister. We want to ensure Sandy’s killers serve the entire sentences that the Hunt County juries gave them.”
Walker echoed the concerns raised by Holley about the possibility of Bellah’s parole.
“And I have to commend Janet for the effort she gave in making sure these defendants were brought to justice,” Walker said.
Both Holley and Walker are among the individuals interviewed for the show.
Dial, a mother of two children, disappeared on the night of Dec. 13, 1991 from a site along Interstate 30 near her Garland home.
Her body was found two days later inside her car, which was parked along Hunt County Road 2646 between Greenville and Royse City. Dial had died of a single gunshot wound to the head.
Bellah was one of three people indicted by the Hunt County grand jury in April 1996 on a charge of conspiracy to commit capital murder.
The case was investigated by former Hunt County Sheriff Don Anderson, during the time he served as a Texas Ranger, and prosecuted by Walker, at the time the assistant district attorney.
Bellah was convicted of posing as Sandy Dial for more than a year, while acting as Dial’s best friend, in order to obtain a $100,000 insurance policy, which named Bellah as the beneficiary. Bellah was convicted of the crime in February 1998 and was sentenced to 50 years in prison.
Bellah was denied parole in the fall of 2009 and again in 2014. A reconsideration of her parole was rescheduled for five years, the maximum length of time which can be set between parole hearings.
Walker also prosecuted Don Kindall Dial in April, 1997.
Don Dial, the victim’s former brother-in-law and a former officer with both the Royse City Police Department and Hunt County Sheriff’s Office, was convicted by a jury and sentenced to 80 years in prison.
Dial was denied parole in 2012 and again in 2017.
Charges were later dropped against a third defendant due to a lack of evidence.
“We share this story to honor Sandy and the other lives that DeEllen Bellah has impacted over the years,” Holley said. “We want to warn the public that DeEllen Bellah is still a danger to the community. We appreciate any community support by sending letters to the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole opposing the parole of DeEllen Bellah and Don Dial.”
Those wishing to send letters can write to: Texas Department of Criminal Justice/Victim Services Division or can send an email to email@example.com