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Wednesday, January 06, 2016 10:03 pm

Charge of murder for slaying at local motel

Jeff Wiehe | The Journal Gazette

A man accused of using a microwave to beat another man to death has been formally charged with one felony count of murder. 

Allen County prosecutors levied the charge against 28-year-old Justin D. Littlejohn on Wednesday. 

Littlejohn is accused of beating 46-year-old Randy Dial so severely Dec. 27 that he died from blunt force trauma injuries days later. The Allen County Coroner’s Office ruled Dial’s death a homicide shortly thereafter – the 30th and last homicide of 2015. 

According to Allen Superior Court documents, several witnesses at the Economy Inn on Coliseum Boulevard said Littlejohn walked into Room 2115 the night of the killing and battered Dial relentlessly. He’s accused of punching and kicking Dial in the face multiple times before using a microwave to hit him in the head until the appliance’s door broke off.

He also used the plate glass in the microwave to smash Dial’s head, according to court documents. One witness said Littlejohn even picked Dial up by his feet at one point and slammed his head into the ground.

At the end of the beating, Dial tried to sit up on the room’s air conditioner and kept falling down while trying to clean himself up in the bathroom. 

As far as a motive, witnesses did not seem to offer any in court documents. Several witnesses said Dial was "mentally slow" and that Littlejohn walked into the room in a "bad mood."

When interviewed, Littlejohn said he was angry at Dial for trying to pick him up. 

According to court documents, Littlejohn admitted he "went too far" when he hit Dial with the microwave. 

Littlejohn is being held without bond in the Allen County Jail.