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Forest Park man indicted in death of roommate

JONESBORO — A man will face charges in the death of his roommate, a Clayton County grand jury has agreed.

Jurors returned indictments against Michael Giles, 54, in the January 2012 death of Donald Joseph Johnson, 60.

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 broke his neck in the fall and died later at Southern Regional Medical Center.

According to the warrant, Johnson’s girlfriend, Beverly Jewel, overheard the fight and called 911.

Giles faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, battery and simple battery under the Family Violence Act and interference with a 911 call.

In other indictments:

• Preston Clayton Hester Jr. faces charges of statutory rape, child molestation and interference with child custody involving an alleged Aug. 7 incident.

• Lamont Roy Brown was indicted for rape and aggravated child molestation in an alleged August 2001 incident. Prosecutors said Brown was identified as a suspect through DNA.

• Marsha Leshey Hawkins was indicted for aggravated assault, third degree child cruelty, simple battery, and aggravated assault and simple battery under the Family Violence Act. Police said Hawkins stabbed William Harber March 24.

• Bennett Desean Mitchell Jr. was indicted in the alleged June 2 armed robbery of a Waffle House. Mitchell faces charges of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

• Zachary Wayne Rue, 55, of Morrow was indicted in the alleged beating of two women May 7. Rue faces two counts each of simple battery under the Family Violence Act and aggravated assault and one of third degree child cruelty.

• Krishna Marie Hinton was indicted for aggravated battery, aggravated assault and battery. Prosecutors said Hinton disfigured the face of Ayana Jakes with glass June 1.

All defendants should be considered innocent until proven guilty.