Frederick Richardson, the suspect accused of beating A.J. Jewell's to death was freed from jail Tuesday after posting a $10,000 bond. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
reported that Richardson walked out of the Fulton County Jail around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to his attorney Dennis Scheib. Richardson was then at the Fulton County Courthouse four hours later for a bond hearing, which was canceled because he was already free.
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Jewell, fiance of The Real Housewives of Atlanta
star Kandi Burruss, died on October 2 a few hours after a brawl with Richardson just outside the strip club Body Tap, where he worked.
Defense attorney Dennis Scheib previously said that Jewell threatened Richardson with a gun while the two men were in an office at the Body Tap. The fight reached the parking lot but Jewell was able to walk away alive. While Richardson drove himself to a hospital to be treated for a broken finger, Jewell was taken to Piedmont Hospital, where he died later that evening. Consequently, Richardson was charged with voluntary manslaughter without bond.
Although police initially revealed that Jewell died of a head injury, preliminary autopsy results suggest Jewell's death may have been related to sickle cell anemia ---a premise that affected Magistrate Judge Karen Woodson's decision regarding the relatively low $10,000 bond.
Scheib later complained to the court that Richardson should not have been charged and jailed until the police finished its investigation, which depends on the autopsy results.
"He cooperated with the police and they chose to put him in jail ... after they knew the man had a medical condition," Scheib said.
As of this moment, the Fulton County medical examiner is waiting for test results before determining a cause of death. The judge said that Richardson would return to court only if he is indicted for killing Jewell, who also appeared on several episodes of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist(Image courtesy of John Spink/ajc.com)