Police arrest two men after 16-year-old dropped off at Atrium Medical Center dies

Cops: Dione Payne was beaten during drug deal

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- A teen is dead Monday after authorities say he was robbed and beaten during a drug deal and then dropped off at Atrium Medical Center.

Police said 16-year-old Dione Payne of Dayton, Ohio, was taken to the hospital by two men early Sunday after they beat him at a home at 11 Vernon Street in Franklin.

Payne was later transferred to Miami Valley Regional Hospital in Dayton where he would be pronounced dead.

Investigators said Payne was in Franklin to sell the illegal drugs to the men when the attack happened.

The suspects -- later identified as 36-year-old Michael Geldrich and 39-year-old Michael Watson -- dropped the teen off in a black pickup, authorities said. Less than 24 hours later, the truck was found and both men were arrested.

They are charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated murder.

"Why would you want to beat somebody to death, said Bernice Peters, whose family lives next door to the crime scene. "I mean, I don't know what the situation was and don't want to know but still -- to beat someone to death in your home?"

Investigators said they believe he was beaten with a weapon. An autopsy will be performed at the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

"I don't know what the object was... we believe we know what it is but it has not been confirmed yet. Hopefully during the autopsy we will be able to match the injuries or the blunt force trauma to the impact weapon," Franklin Police Chief Russ Whitman said.

Geldrich and Watson, both from Franklin, will be arraigned Tuesday at 3 p.m. in Franklin Municipal Court.

WCPO's Jay Warren contributed to this report.

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