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Attorney: Plea Deal Expected In Ohio Teen’s Death

CINCINNATI (AP) — The attorney for an Ohio man charged with aggravated murder in the beating death of a 16-year-old boy says he expects his client to plead guilty to some of the charges.

Lebanon attorney Martin Hubbell says he anticipates a plea agreement in the case Thursday but declined to discuss further details until it’s finalized.

Michael Geldrich (GELD’-rich) had pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in the case following his indictment in January and was set for trial in July.

Authorities say the 36-year-old Geldrich and another man fatally beat 16-year-old Dione (DEE’-on) Payne of Dayton in an attempt to steal drugs and money from him at Geldrich’s home, about 15 miles southeast of Dayton.

Police say Payne was left at a Middletown hospital Dec. 1 and later died.

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