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Co-Defendant Testifies in Teen's Beating Death

Updated: Thursday, July 31 2014, 08:20 AM EDT
Co-Defendant Testifies in Teen

   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.

Co-Defendant Testifies in Teen's Beating Death

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