Suspect in teen’s beating death heading to trial

Michael Watson

WARREN COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – Jury selection began Monday for one of three men charged in connection with the beating death of a Dayton teenager.

Michael Watson is charged with aggravated murder, kidnapping, rape and tampering with evidence.

Police say 16-year-old Dione Payne was beaten during a drug deal in Franklin. He was dumped outside Atrium Medical Center in Middletown on December 1, 2013 and died from his injuries.

In May, one of Watson’s co-defendants, Michael Geldrich, pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, kidnapping and tampering. Geldrich agreed to testify against Watson.

Geldrich faces 22 years to life in prison. He will be sentenced once Watson’s trial is over.

The third man involved, Adam Patrick, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and was sentenced to 11 years in prison. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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