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Man charged after shove kills roommate

A Forest Park man is being held without bond in the Clayton County Jail, after police said he killed his roommate during an argument.

Michael Giles, 52, is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the Sunday afternoon death of Donald Johnson. Forest Park Police Detective Jessica Raley said, in an arrest warrant, that the two men were arguing over Giles moving out of the apartment they shared.

During the argument, Giles reportedly shoved Johnson backward, causing him to hit a wooden coffee table. Johnson, 60, broke his neck in the fall and died about 4:22 p.m., at Southern Regional Medical Center.

According to the warrant filed in Clayton Magistrate Court, Johnson's girlfriend, Beverly Jewel, overheard the fight and called 911.

Giles made his first appearance in Clayton Magistrate Court Monday afternoon. Magistrate Judge Beatric Scott told Giles his next court date is a preliminary hearing on Jan. 24. Giles learned that he qualifies for a public defender, but had no questions for Scott.

–– Kathy Jefcoats