Newton man stabbed in Conyers during 'play-fighting'

CONYERS -- A Conyers man was charged with aggravated assault early Sunday morning after his play-fighting with a friend got out of hand.

Michael Anthony Smith, 44, of 1173 Cardinal Road, told the Conyers Police Department that he and his 41-year-old friend were playing rough at his home, and he tried to get his friend to stop. Smith told police his friend wouldn't stop playing, Smith took his knife out, and the friend landed on it.

The victim, a Covington man, was stabbed several times in the chest. Police were called to Newton Medical Center at about 1:55 a.m. Sunday where the victim had gone for treatment. The victim initially told police that he was stabbed by an unknown man while walking on Green Street in Olde Town. Police were unable to locate a crime scene on Green Street, and the victim later called police to say that he had lied.

According to the victim, he and Smith had been play-fighting when Smith became upset and stabbed him. The victim said Smith's two daughters drove him to a friend's house, who later took him to Newton Medical Center.

Smith reportedly told police that he had known the victim for a long time and he considered him to be a brother. However, Smith told police the victim had "little man syndrome" and liked to play rough and he couldn't take it.

Inside Smith's home police recovered a black folding pocket knife. Blood was found in the kitchen and on the driveway.