Medical examiners still have yet to determine the real cause of Ashley "A.J." Jewell's death, the on-again off-again fiance of The Real Housewives of Atlanta
star Kandi Burruss. So far, the only thing that has been reported is that he sustained head injuries and was beaten to death during a fight on October 2 just outside The Body Tap Club where he worked. But now new details have emerged, suggesting that Jewell, who was planning to purchase a portion of the club, may have initiated the brawl that caused him his life.
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star Kandi Burruss' statement regarding Ashley "A.J." Jewell's death.
Jewell's defense attorney Dennis Scheib claims that Jewell had been sitting in his client's office with a gun earlier in the day on Friday. Scheib told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
that Jewell told Richardson, "I've got something for you," at that time. Then on Friday night, in the parking lot "A.J. comes out and says, 'I've got something for you.' He takes off his shirt ... and hits Richardson twice," Scheib revealed.
In his defense, Richardson claims that he left the scene of the fight while Jewell was still alive.
"A.J. was walking away, he wasn't beaten to death," he told reporters.
Richardson is currently being charged with voluntary manslaughter without bond by Magistrate Sylvia McCoy, who based her decision "on the nature of the crime," but Scheib believes that the charge is unwarranted because, "We don't know what killed him." His next court appearance will be on October 20.
"The cause of death is unknown," Scheib said during the brief first appearance hearing. "To sustain a charge like that... there has to be a cause of death."
Meanwhile, Jewell is scheduled to be buried on Friday at the Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia.-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist(Image courtesy of John Spink/ajc.com)