Two scumbags facing robbery and murder charges for the brutal death of a Dayton, Ohio teenager are currently being held on $1 million bail, but some residents in the community are outraged that a rape charge is currently not being included.
via WHIO News
Bond was set Tuesday at $1 million each for two Franklin men accused of beating a Dayton teen to death while robbing him for drugs and money.
Michael A. Geldrich, 36, and Michael J. Watson, 39, both of Franklin, appeared for a video arraignment at 3 p.m. in Franklin Municipal Court where they were issued court-appointed attorneys. The men, who are charged with aggravated robbery and murder, are being housed at the Warren County Jail.
Geldrich and Watson planned the robbery of Dione Payne, 16, of Dayton, who had been staying at Geldrich’s house according to a sworn affidavit.
Judge Rupert Ruppert set a preliminary hearing for Dec. 10 and said the case could go directly to a grand jury. He told the defendants that depending on the grand jury’s determination, this could become a death penalty case.
According to the affidavit, the two men brutally beat and sexually assaulted the teen before dropping him at a local hospital.
“During the robbery Geldrich struck the male victim (later identified as Payne) with a table leg, fists, stomped the male with his boots and repeatedly struck the male victim’s head against the floor,” Stewart said in the affidavit obtained exclusively by this newspaper.
Payne died Monday at Miami Valley Hospital after being dumped off by the two men around 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the emergency room at Atrium Medical Center in Middletown. A Middletown police report states the unconscious teen was pushed into the emergency room in a wheelchair by one of the men who then quickly fled the area.
Hospital personnel said Payne was in critical condition and had “heavy damage to his head and was bleeding from his ears,” according to the police report. He also had “heavy damage done to his chest from what appeared to be someone striking him repeatedly.”
Because of the severity of his injuries, Payne was transferred to Miami Valley Hospital. Hospital personnel there contacted Middletown police and stated the teen appeared to have been sexually assaulted, according to the police report.
Authorities said Payne was in Franklin to sell narcotics when he was robbed and beaten. The teen was just released Oct. 22 from the custody of the Ohio Department of Youth Services following an assault conviction. Franklin Police Chief Russ Whitman issued a statement Tuesday saying “there is no evidence whatsoever” that the beating of Payne was racially motivated. A friend of Payne’s family suggested after the court hearing that race was a factor.
Despite this past trouble with the law, Payne’s mother insisted that he never did drugs or drank alcohol.
From the sounds of things, it seems there’s definitely more to this horrific story. We’ll be keeping our eye on this case for sure. What are your thoughts on all of this, given the facts so far, Bossip fam?