Fight between SLO roommates ends in death

An argument between roommates ended with one man dead and another in custody Monday in San Luis Obispo, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

What began as an investigation into a suspicious death Monday morning became a homicide investigation by early afternoon, sheriff’s spokesman Tony Cipolla said, and a San Luis Obispo man was arrested on suspicion of murder.

At about 7:30 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a death at a home in the 600 block of Rancho Oak Drive west of the San Luis Obispo Country Club in unincorporated San Luis Obispo County.

When deputies arrived, they discovered the body of a 54-year-old man, whom authorities have not yet identified.

Investigators immediately began interviewing Charles Chad Giese, 40, identified as the deceased man’s roommate, as a “person of interest,” Cipolla said.

At about 4:30 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office announced in a news release that officers had arrested Giese on suspicion of a single count of murder following their interview.

The Sheriff’s Office said in the news release that investigators believe the two men got into an argument Sunday, which escalated. Officials said the victim died from blunt force trauma, but they did not release any additional details.

As of Monday evening, Giese remained in custody at the San Luis Obispo County Jail without bail.