Two accused murderers were arraigned earlier this month in the brutal beating death and r@pe of 16-year-old Dione Payne.
Michael A. Geldrich, 36, and Michael J. Watson, 39, both of Franklin, Ohio, allegedly beat Payne and assaulted him while they were attempting to rob him.
“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,” wrote Detective Jeff Stewart.
After beating the teen, Geldrick and Watson dumped the teen at Miami Valley Hospital and fled the area. Payne was admitted with “heavy damage to his head and was bleeding from his ears” and had “heavy damage done to his chest from what appeared to be someone striking him repeatedly.” According to the police report, the teen had also been s*xually assaulted.
Geldrick and Watson had reportedly planned to rob the teen, who allegedly sold narcotics.
As Son of Baldwin rightly points out, this case is not only disturbing because of the viciousness of the attack, but also because of how it is being covered by the media:
A 16-year-old black boy is raped, brutally beaten, and murdered by two grown white men and the title of the local news story is:
“Dayton Teen Beaten to Death Had Troubled Past”
This is the insidiousness of racism: When you are black, you cannot be a victim. You are guilty even if proven innocent. You are responsible for your own demise. You are forever the child of Dred Scott and you have no rights which a white person is bound to respect.