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Shooting suspect makes court appearance

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

JONESBORO — A Riverdale shooting suspect charged with killing a man allegedly for looking at his gang member jacket made his first appearance in Clayton County Magistrate Court Thursday.

After hearing the charges against him, Michael Jordan, 23, had just one question for Chief Magistrate Judge Daphne Walker.

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Michael Jordan

“Did all these happen on the same day?” he said.

Jordan is charged with malice and felony murder, three counts of aggravated assault, gang activity and aggravated battery in connection with Sunday night’s shooting.

Clayton County police Detective Clarence E. Cox III said Jordan shot at three men for looking at his Southside Mafia jacket inside the QT on Ga. 138 spur. Cox said the men never spoke to Jordan and did not know him, but he followed them when they left the store.

Police said Jordan fired shots at the men, hitting Stacey Johnson, 24, in the back of the head. Police said Johnson died early Tuesday morning after being taken to Atlanta Medical Center.

The other occupants of the car were not injured, said Cox.

Jordan is also charged with criminal trespass in an alleged Feb. 8 incident. Walker said Jordan is accused of taking a knife and cutting the tires of his live-in girlfriend’s car.

Walker told Jordan he qualified for a public defender but he said his family may hire an attorney for him. She denied him bond on all charges except criminal trespass. He is being held in the Clayton County Jail.

Jordan is due to return to Magistrate Court March 21 for a preliminary hearing and can be reconsidered for bond March 22.