The off-screen drama of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Kandi Burruss may come to a close as Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard declared the death of her fiancé AJ Jewell a result of a sickle cell crisis – not voluntary manslaughter.
Jewell passed on October 2, 2009 after a fight with strip club manager Frederick Richardson outside of Body Tap in downtown Atlanta.
District Attorney spokeswoman Yvette Brown explains recent turn of events in this tragic case:
“Following the initial announcement from the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office that Mr. Jewell’s death resulted from a sickle cell crisis, the family of the deceased expressed grave concern regarding the accuracy of the autopsy findings,” Brown further explains, “For that reason, our office enlisted the service of two additional medical experts who specialize in the area of sickle cell diagnosis and treatment.” Brown’s statement said the other medical experts concurred with the initial autopsy findings that Ashley Jewell died as a result of a sickle cell crisis.”
Richardson’s attorney, Dennis Scheib, filed a motion to dismiss the charges against him in November citing DA Howard “lost objectivity.” Now the beleaguered strip club manager appears to be completely exonerated for Jewell’s death – for the time being.