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Man dies after being punched, hitting his head on pavement; suspect, 23, charged

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A man died after he was punched in the face and fell, hitting his head against the pavement of an apartment complex Thursday night in Cobb County.

And police have charged a 23-year-old man in his death, which they said resulted from an argument between two groups of people at the Mableton Reserve Apartment complex at 6850 Mableton Pwy. near Mableton.

So far, no one else has been arrested in the incident, which happened around 11:30 p.m., according to Cobb County police.

Investigators believe there was an argument between two groups of men at the complex, but they have not released any details on what the argument was about or just how many people were involved, police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said.

During the argument, one of the men, later identified as Mr. Quintaurum Gardner, 36, of Mableton, was punched in the face by another man, and police believe that man was Mr. Otis Laws.

“Detectives believe that after being hit in the face, Mr. Gardner fell and struck his head on the pavement,” Sgt. Pierce said.

Mr. Gardner, who was unconscious when officers and EMS arrived, was transported to the Atlanta Medical Center where he was pronounced dead Sgt. Pierce said.

His body has been turned over to the Cobb County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy, police said.

Friday afternoon, the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Squad arrested Mr. Laws without incident, Sgt. Pierce said. He did not say how officers were able to track down Mr. Laws or where he was arrested. But jail records showed he was arrested at 140 North Marietta Pwy.

The 23-year-old, who is originally from Illinois, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and battery, Sgt. Pierce said. He remained in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center late Friday, according to booking records.

It’s unclear why the two group of men were at the apartment complex and whether any of them lived there.

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