Co-defendant testifies how Ohio teen was beaten

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who has already pleaded guilty to killing a 16-year-old boy last year testified that he and his co-defendant repeatedly beat the teen when he wouldn't give up his stash of money and drugs.

Michael Geldrich — who is facing life in prison after pleading guilty to murdering Dion Payne — on Wednesday testified in the aggravated murder trial of 40-year-old Michael Watson in Lebanon.

Geldrich described how he and Watson devised a plan to rob the teen drug dealer, then punched and kicked him into unconsciousness. They dropped him off at a hospital, and he later died.

The Dayton Daily News ( ) reports that Watson's attorney is maintaining there was no intent to kill Payne, and his client is overcharged with the crime of aggravated murder.


Information from: Dayton Daily News,

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