Alleged killer free on bond; victim's family outraged

By: Diane Cho
By: Diane Cho

The family of a slain 20-year-old wants to know why his alleged killer is roaming the streets.

On May 3, police arrested 14-year-old Johnny Thai Dinh after Rodney Wayne McGhee, Jr. was found dead near his home in Hephzibah.

News 12's Diane Cho sat down with Wayne's aunt, Gennean Boutwell, who says she hopes his killer gets the death penalty.

"This was a cold-blooded murder," Boutwell says.

It's been two days since Johnny Dinh's bond hearing...and to the McGhee family, two days since their son's accused killer is back on the streets.

"You rob someone, you get $45,000 bond, but you kill someone and get $25,000? That's not right," says Boutwell.

And to Wayne Jr.'s family, $25,000 is too small a price to pay for their loved one's life.

After a closed hearing Thursday, May 11, Dinh was released from the juvenile detention center, still charged with murder.

Meanwhile, the Augusta Chronicle reports a 12 year old in Aiken accused of animal cruelty will be sent to a juvenile detention center to await trial for killing a cat.

"You're telling me a cat's life is more than my nephew's?" Boutwell says. "Everyone seems to walk away like it's nothing."

But to Wayne's father, he was everything. On May 8, Wayne Sr. found his oldest son lying dead in the driveway, covered in a pool of blood.

Officials say because murder is under the seven deadly sins, Dinh would likely be charged as an adult.

So if that were the case, why was he able to bond out?

It's a question Wayne's aunt wants an answer to.

"It's like we're at a dead end road," she says, "and I won't rest until I get justice."

Instead of feeling avenged, she walked away feeling shocked and confused.

"I could never forgive him...just hope the worst for him."

Even though Johnny Dinh is out on bond, that doesn't mean the case is over. The district attorney's office will take the case to the grand jury.


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