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Demand Rape Charges Be Brought Against the Men Who Raped and Murdered 16-Year-Old African American

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Yesterday we reported on the virtual sweeping-under-the-rug of the death of Dione Payne, 16, of Dayton, Ohio. The Dayton Daily News, one of the only local sources to report on the rape, and beating death of the youth seemed more interested in focusing on the “troubled past” of the victim, instead of the past of the murderers.

Michael A. Geldrich, 36, and Michael J. Watson, 39, are both being held in the Warren County Jail for the December 1 beating death of the young Payne. Miami Valley Hospital workers discovered that Payne had been sexually assaulted during the attack. Hospital personnel contacted Middletown police and stated the teen had been sexually assaulted, according to the police report. But thus far, no rape charges have been brought, and hate crime charges have been dismissed point blank by Franklin Police Chief Russ Whitman, who said there is “no evidence” that there was a racial motive to the rape and murder of this 16-year-old African American.

To add insult to injury, some local media reports have fixated on a checkered history of the juvenile: possessing narcotics, and even allegations that he had fired gun shots in the past. They talked about morbid comments made on his Facebook account before the day he was raped and beaten to death. They even called the 16-year-old out for getting arrested for littering. What they did not do was explain why the police have ruled out a racial motive to the attack, and why the Warren County Prosecutor has neither pursued hate crime charges, nor even charged the attackers with rape.

These questions still remain unanswered. But there is more that we can do besides reading about this frustrating account and getting on with our day in silence. What can you do? Well for starters, contact the Warren County Prosecutor, who is now handling the case. Demand that all crimes committed against 16 year old Dione Payne be presented to the grand jury on Michael A. Geldrich and Michael J. Watson- for the hate crime of rape, robbery and murder! The prosecutor can be contacted at the number and email below:

David Fornshell
513-695-1325
David.Fornshell@co.warren.oh.us

Ask why these criminals have not been charged for raping the 16-year-old boy who they murdered. Also ask why hate crime charges are being excluded, when this does not seem to have been a common practice for these drug buyers to rape and beat-to-death previous people who they have tried to procure narcotics from.

Are these charges being brushed off because there were drugs potentially involved, or for some other reason that neither the police, the City of Franklin nor the local media are reporting.

SPREAD THE WORD and get people involved. Tell everyone you know who thinks this 16-year-old rape and murder victim deserves justice, in spite of his “troubled past”.

About the author: M.B. David is the author of several scholarly works on Middle Eastern politics, history and religion, such as People of the Book: What the Religions Named in the Qur’an Can Tell Us About the Earliest Understanding of “Islam” as well as the recently published Sci-Fi novel Sleeper Cell 2240: Memoires of the 21st Century Interplanetary Revolution. He is currently working on his doctorate, writing a dissertation focused on the non-profit Hashlamah Project Foundation and associated global study circles.

72 Comments on "Demand Rape Charges Be Brought Against the Men Who Raped and Murdered 16-Year-Old African American"

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  1. Amber says:

    After reading your article…I had to get involved. I’ve started a petition on change.org. I hope you are able to feature this petition and get supporters.

  2. Elaine says:

    What kind of a world are we living in?!!!

    • Savannah says:

      A world that blames everything on racism, apparently. This was a sick, horrible, disturbing act, but I wish the media would leave the race card out of it. It’s getting on my dang nerves.

      • Caroline says:

        That’s because white people are racist

      • Alyssa says:

        Shut up Savannah! Ughh. People like yourself disgusts me. Get a life. Chances are(as well ALL KNOW)it was race! I bet you sided with Zimmerman too. Racist pricks.

      • Erick says:

        Dear Savannah, with all due respect….the race card is always relevant when the victim can’t speak for themselves. What if it was your kid? Would you not think that the way if your son looked had some role to play in it? From this account, apparently they never chose to rape and murder anybody looked themselves. We have to protect each other. If it wasn’t hatred, why didn’t let him live? And more than that, why did they go beyond robbing him and rape him? If that happened to anybody’s baby, I would question the motivations of the perpetrator as hatred. And in any case, good people don’t do this, so why would anyone care if they’re persecuted to the fullest extent of the law? It’s their lawyers job to represent their character. If 2 black men did this to a white MINOR student, troubled or not, I’d have no problem with the issue of race and hatred being brought up. We can’t be in anyone’s head. But until all life is sacred and we see each other as sisters and brothers, we have to assume they weren’t considering this young man’s full humanity.

  3. milli says:

    I sent an email to the address listed above
    This is the reply I got back:

    These cases are being handled by the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office, not this office. Please spread the word.

    Please direct your concerns to Prosecutor Fornshell at (513)965-1325 or
    David.Fornshell@co.warren.oh.us

  4. Kim Boyd says:

    These people need to be brought to justice for their crimes against this youth regardless of this young mans past. This crime was not only disgusting but was also apparent and blatant. What does it take for our ‘Justice System’ to do their job. What happened to this young mans ‘Rights’ especially to ‘Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness!’

  5. S Siner says:

    Does “ANYONE” ever deserve to be raped and murdered? How incredibly brutal have they become. Remember, when you live by the sword, you die by it as well.

  6. Sheila says:

    What kind of law allows two large grown men rape, beat, and murder a 16 year old child and do not prosecute for all three charges? Cowards!!! This is what they are. The prosecutor is just as guilty as the cowards that committed this heinous crime.

    Deion Payne 16 years old, who had a long life to live and grow. Here you have these two criminals who are sexual predators, rapist, murderous cowards who prey on children and vulnerable youth and adults. These are sick individuals that need to be condemned by “Death” instead of paying for them to live, eat, and play in a cell. They don’t even deserved that because they are already messed up and going to hell!!!! What you sow you shall reap!!!

    Vengeance is mine, says the Lord!

    Rest in Peace Deion. Your death is not in vain!!!!

    GOD seen all!!! Your in Good Hands now!!!!

  7. Lori Peltier says:

    Seriously it sounds like the Police Chief himself is prejudice!!! This kid I don’t give a crap what he has done in his past!!!

  8. meosha lewis says:

    It really sad that are world is full of hate rape an killing one another an they wonder why the police don’t respond on time it’s because by the time they make it some one then gotten hurt already you’ll doing the dirty work leaving them with the paper work sad case people like him should be put in the same cell an do the same to him with life so everyday he think an feel what that little boy did

  9. Kristy Plants says:

    This boy still had his whole life ahead of him to grow and learn and become an adult. These two men took that from him. They took advantage of a youth and valued their “high” more than his life. They should pay for their crimes. Please share link to change.org as I would like to sign.

  10. Felicia Reevers says:

    Shame on the media for focusing on this child’s past. And yes, he was a child who did not deserve to have his life taken so violently. The inaction of law enforcement and the prosecutors is negligent and offensive. Why is so little value placed on Dione’s life? People are forever screaming about their rights – what about Dione’s rights? I have called and emailed, and I’m not done. Dione’s story NEEDS to be heard, and he deserves justice, so I will continue to share this information. This travesty cannot be allowed to quietly disappear.

    • snackcake says:

      it doesnt matter what this kid did. if he smoked weed, littered, shoplifted, swore, drank, used drugs, skipped school, or whatever (just examples). he was RAPED. and it’s as if he asked for it because he was a litterbug. i cant stand when ppl litter, but i hardly think it constitutes deserving to be raped. sad world we live in.

  11. Holly says:

    Just goes to show how fantastic our justice system is!! These animals should be prosecuted for everything they did to this young man. No one deserves what happened to him, regardless of their past!

  12. Riatta says:

    From the age of 7 until the age of 14 when my mother first open enrolled and then moved us to a more diverse city, I lived and attended school in Franklin, Ohio. I was bullied, spat upon, had beer cans thrown at me, and regularly was called the n-word, not just by kids, but by the adults of this “fine” city. The few friends who stood up for me were called “n—r lovers” and “race traitors”. When I was in the 6th grade, someone had spray painted “nigers” on our back fence. We heard from other kids exactly who had done it – these “grown” “men” bragged about it to anyone who listened, but the police did nothing and when we took it to court, the court found them guilty with no solid proof or witnesses.

    My brother was regularly jumped at his high school. My sister was sexually assaulted at her elementary school by a boy who wanted to see what color her nipples were. In all cases, we were the ones who were punished as our assailants had the rest of the white student body backing them up and those who didn’t stood by silently.

    When I heard about this boy being lured to Franklin and murdered the very first thing on my mind was that the men who did it would look like skinheads, probably drove pick up trucks, and probably had Confederate flags somewhere on their bodies, their trucks, and/or their homes. My mother and grandmother grew up in Franklin during the 1940’s through the 1970s, but the whole place was taken over by trash during the 80s and continues to be a haven for racist scum, many of whom have no fear of repercussion for their hate because of the police force (like many of the staff in the school system) not only condone it, but support it.

    So I am absolutely unsurprised the police are covering this up, that they are trying to squirm out of pressing any charges (as I have been witness to them doing), and are pretending that race was not a motive for this boy’s death. The only thing that is a surprise is that this story managed to leak out of Franklin, but I think that was only because the boy was from Dayton… notice it was only the Dayton Daily News who broke the story. Not a peep from the Franklin Chronicle.

  13. LATOSHIA WHITE says:

    It does not matter what he has done the young man was violated point blank. Because he had a checkered pass that makes it alright? I have never seen society so prejudice that they will use anything to change the point. Death nothing less, take a life out of maliciousness you should not have no choice but to go right behind the person you sent there.

  14. mandis4kids says:

    I think it is disgusting that things like this still happen and that people still have the nerve to sweep it under the rug. What if it would have been a little white boy and 2 grown black men who assaulted him????? The thought of this happening to anyone is horrific but the fact it happened to a child really breaks my heart. I don’t care what race anyone was color means nothing to me. . It is the fact a human being was raped and murdered. GOD BRING PEACE TO THIS CHILDS FAMILY AND THE PEOPLE WHO DID THIS LET YOUR VENGENCE FALL ON THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Savannah says:

      Omg enough with the race card already! Two grown men murdered a child, PERIOD. Race is irrelevant and does not change anything. This was sick and disturbing but leave race out of it. Just stop.

      • Pamela says:

        Savannah,

        Omg, enough with your insistence that race has nothing to do with this murder, which may be true, and its coverage, which is definitely untrue. The commenter above you made the point that this story would be receiving a lot more press if the races of the victim and perpetrators were switched. This is hardly an inflammatory statement; it’s simply the unfortunate truth.

        Regarding the crime itself, it’s possible that these two men killed Dione Payne because he was African-American, and it’s possible that race had nothing to do with it. You don’t know, so why are you insisting that we not talk about all the possibilities?

        “The race card” is not a thing, and you cannot shame people for discussing race when it is relevant. I’d ask you to take your own advice and “just stop.”

      • Veronica Jackson says:

        Savannah,

        How do you know that race is “IRRELEVANT” in this case? The only people that can say this is the people that did this horrible crime. They are the only ones that know what their intentions were.

        P.S. If they targeted Dione becuase of his race, then they need to be charged for this as well!!!!

        IJS

      • Magnoymus says:

        Regardless of whether or not you’re comfortable with it. Race is very much a factor in this. I have several friends from Dayton, Ohio and they are quite behind as far as race relations are concerned.

  15. Eileen says:

    This is disturbing and I just wrote an email to the DA.

  16. Joyce says:

    I just sent email to prosecutor cannot find link to sign petition

  17. Ashley Easterly says:

    Regardless of this child’s past or whatever he was into, he was still a child. He was a baby. Not even old enough to even experience life. The police in Franklin Ohio are definatly racist. I would bet money that if this were a 16 year old white girl or boy from Franklin they would try to get the book thrown at him. The police are lazy and they are racist cowards. I should know I’m from Franklin Ohio. Thank the lord I’m not there now. I will do my part and email the prosecuter. I will sign any petition. Everybody should do something. Do what you would want others to do if this were your child. My prayers are with the family.

    • Ashley Easterly says:

      Riatta like I said I grew up in Franklin and yes its a racist town. I’ve been called n lover a lot. My ex boyfriend broke into my apartment when I was 18 and him and his cousin jumped my new boyfriend at the time who was a black guy. The police did nothing and even laughed with my ex calling me a n lover. So when I heard this it made my stomach turn. That whole town is trash. So glad I’m away from there. This young boy deserves justice!!

  18. Mz Libra930 says:

    WHERE CAN I SIGN UP TO HAVE THESE CHILD MOLESTING RAPIST RACIST MEN BROUGHT TO JUSTICE..

  19. Ana says:

    Disgusting! This is a story of child rape! This is child we are talking about, he was raped and beaten to death…yet no cares to do anything about it. How many other children have these sicko’s raped and silenced?!! JUSTICE JUSTICE JUSTICE NOW!!!

  20. Taina says:

    So I just called and emailed the prosecutor. He got back to me promptly and said that they are still investigating all possible crimes. So happy to hear that. Hopefully, people contacting him about this case will ensure that justice is served!

  21. Cyndi Abdi says:

    Smacks of the Emmit Till murder… Can we not learn!!!

  22. Tiffany says:

    This is a sad case and it needs to be brought to everyone’s attention that no matter what color u are no one should be raped or murder and theses two ignorant racist need to be trial and sent away for the rest of their ignorant life’s and they should be violated like they did that young boy.

  23. Thomas Ware says:

    I’m with you guys on the petition! The sheriff department should treat this case as if it were a white kid with two blacks accused! Think about your own children, would you work incompetently?

  24. Cathy says:

    The devil is a lie…. Dione will receive justice for what was done to him. At the end of the day he was still someone SON, BROTHER, UNCLE, G-SON etc.
    I have know Dione since his mother carried him. I hate to see her endure soo much pain. The Payne family deserve justice for the Holiday.

  25. Jesse says:

    Unfortunately this the society we live in and has been this way for quite some time. We already know what needs to be done, its just a matter of who will kick it off.(Revolution) It’s that simple.

  26. ANGELA says:

    So I emailed the prosecutor and it looks like he has a auto response message set up. But at least his mailbox will be flooded once he returns if everyone does there part. His message reads as follows: I am currently out of the office. If this is an emergency, please call 513-695-1325.

    If you are e-mailing regarding the Dione Payne matter, please note that this is an ongoing investigation and once it is complete, we will convene the grand jury, and all charges supported by the evidence will be presented. Until then, defendants are being held on the preliminary charge of aggravated murder (the highest charge available under Ohio law).

    Further information will be made available to the public once that occurs.

    Have a very Merry Christmas!

  27. cedric says:

    this case deserves national attention. why hasn’t it received the proper publicity. where is cnn, msnbc, fox news, hln tv, naacp & southern poverty law center, etc… ? this is a heinous crime that needs the country’s attention.

  28. DJOHNSON says:

    IF U EMAIL THE PROSECTOR THIS IS WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE BY WAY OF REPLY*************************************************************I am currently out of the office. If this is an emergency, please call 513-695-1325.

    If you are e-mailing regarding the Dione Payne matter, please note that this is an ongoing investigation and once it is complete, we will convene the grand jury, and all charges supported by the evidence will be presented. Until then, defendants are being held on the preliminary charge of aggravated murder (the highest charge available under Ohio law).

    Further information will be made available to the public once that occurs.

    Have a very Merry Christmas!

  29. TeeJay says:

    https://www.change.org/petitions/demand-justice-for-dione-payne
    SIGN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    RIP DIONE PAYNE. MAY JUSTICE BE SERVED.

  30. latishee says:

    all I have to say on this is what goes around comes around. you all have kids or someone that you are very close to and if this doesn’t come back on you it’s gonna be someone that’s very close to you too make you wish it was you. that’s top the ones who did it and to the ones for covering it up

  31. chi-chi says:

    I don’t care if he set a orphanage on fire on Christmas with lit puppies he didn’t deserve this

  32. Ray says:

    Ugh,this is so sad and sickening!Nobody deserves to be murdered nor raped and police yet acting like it’s nothing.smh..Lord,this is a crying shame and justice needs to be served for this child.What a evil and low down world,we are living in.I hope the people of Franklin,OH and the world stand up and take notice of this horrific story!!God knows this terrible & justice needs to be served on those two sickos…that raped & murdered a 16-year old child.:-(

  33. James says:

    The past has nothing to do what they done to him. He still had a life that was taking away because of racism. That goes to show how the system fails when a crime happens to a young African Americans, but it would be wrong to say if us African Americans start taking the law into our own hands for our African Americans. I’m outrage that the system is trying to sweep it under the rug.

  34. Gardenia Adams says:

    prosecutorfornshell@gmail.com
    http://www.co.warren.oh.us/prosecutor/

    This is why people need to get out and vote more.

  35. Erica Coleman says:

    I believe the world needs to take a stand on these type of crimes. I think that all states should prosecute and treat all rape crimes as murder. Its happening to often and people know if they do it they will get a way with it. These are sick individuals and they need to go under garish punishment. How can u take the life of someone ? Or forcefully have unwanted sex ? In my eyes they deserve to be 10 feet under. Electric chair maybe!!! This breaks my heart. I too have young children and would not handle this type of situation lightly. When is the world going to take a stand? If the punishment was harisher then I guarantee that hardly anyone would commit the crime. Take a stand no matter the color of ones skin , religion , sex , gay , straight . we are all children of God and need to be treated as such.

  36. bohemian bride says:

    It has everything to do with the brutal crime of rape. It has everything to do with two men that need to be held accountable for what they did. It has everything to do with victim blaming…which needs to end.

    No matter who the victim is (their age, their sex, their color, their religion, what they were wearing or doing, their past)…no one deserves to be raped and beaten to death. And until we get past victim blaming then bastards like this will continue to walk away from their crimes.

  37. Ash says:

    I realize that they’ve charged these men with the highest charge possible and that they could get the death penalty as a result. However, if this boy was indeed raped, leaving that charge out is denying him and his family justice for something that might have been worse than death in his mind. It also sends a message to other victims that might have been raped & left alive that the crime against them isn’t important if they lived. On a second note, it really doesn’t matter if this 16-year-old child was a dope dealer, that was a matter for the law & for all we know he could’ve had an intervention and grown up to find a cure for cancer. In any event, his misdeeds doesn’t give anyone the right to beat, rape, steal from him, and leave him to die.

  38. Patricia Fann says:

    Even if this CHILD did have juvenile brushes with the law, does that mean his rights are voided. If that’s the case then why are the criminals, in prison, always protected by the law even after being found guilty BY THE LAW. I am quite sure if this CHILD has a record he was held responsible for his action. Therefore, if these savages committed the crime then they should be held accountable for their actions.

  39. Bev says:

    This is a shame before the GOOD LORD HIMSELF, GOD SITS UP HIGH AND HE LOOKS DOWN LOW, HE SEES AND HEARS ALL. WHEN I TELL YOU RACISM IS ALIVE AND KICKING. THESE TRASHBOXES NEED TO BE THROWN UNDER THE JAIL. WHY YOU PIECES OF TRASH, FILTHY GARBAGE, EVERYONE WHO HAS A N Y T H I N G to do with this case can see Clear THAT this is a case of R A C I S M. It could not have been a white kid that was killed and 2 black men that did the crime, Honey CNN, MSNBC, All new Channels,You mofos think that it is Open Season on The Chosen Ones, N O T, Think again, NO Weapon Formed Against Us Shall Prosper, I Know that You All Don’t Believe in the Good Lord.

  40. Bud Bey says:

    Middletown is the headquarters of the Klan in Ohio … a few years ago the son of the Grand whatever murdered a black person there …

  41. BuckeyeLady says:

    I live 45mins from Dayton and I have family with the last name Payne. This is really disturbing and sad!! That sick man will get what he deserves. Men in prison will do everything to him that he did to this young man. Praying for this young mans family and that he will not die in vain!

  42. Robert P. Robertson says:

    The youth’s parents or loved ones should press for the rape and hate crime murder to the local FBI and federal Attorney General. Those reprobate homosexuals should suffer death for their inhumanity to that child. A beating death is like torture, exacting prolonged and physical excruciation, and the rape by men who call themselves men were no more than the act homosexuality to embarrass and humiliate their victim. If that is not a hate crime, i don’t know what is If the DA refuses to pursue hate crimes, they should take it to the federal level.

  43. DatBus says:

    Young Black men are raped daily by other Black and Brown men in our juvy and adult prison system and nobody says a word about it. But let a white person do something to one of us and a nation of Black folks suddenly get organized. For the most part it isn’t cops or white people, its drugs and gangs and most of the people profiting from our victimization don’t even live in this country. Black Lives Matter alright, and it’s time we started to tell the truth about who’s killing us.

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