AJ Jewell's Death Ruled a Homicide
The Fulton County medical examiner has ruled the death of AJ Jewell, the one-time fiance of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" castmate Kandi Burruss, a homicide.
In actuality, the ME said because of AJ's previously undiagnosed sickle cell anemia condition, it was the "very active fist fight" he got into with a co-worker that ultimately killed him.
“Although Mr Jewell died of complications of his underlying natural disease conditions, [the] complications would not have occurred if he had not experienced the extreme exertion that was part of the physical altercation,” the autopsy report said. “Due to the active involvement of another person, the manner of death is classified as a homicide.”
Last October, AJ and Frederick Richardson, the manager of the strip club where they both worked, had a brawl in the club's parking lot.
Frederick has since been charged with voluntary manslaughter and is out on bail, maintains his innocence.
"My client, to this day, does not know why AJ Jewell jumped on him," his attorney told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Frederick has said AJ pulled a gun on him and struck him twice before fighting back.
"My client took an ass whooping. He got his fingers broken. He had a busted eye. He took three pops to the head real quickly. The guy approached him and said, ‘I've got something for you.' Boom. Boom. Boom. My guy was doing catchup," the attorney added.
When AJ was rushed to a local hospital, he was conscious and talking and he never complained of chest pains, the report said.
The ME's report said there also was evidence of "mild or early heart disease" that also contributed to his death. But the primary cause of AJ's death was sickle cell, a condition that affects about 8 percent of African-Americans but less than 1 percent of whites. The condition affects oxygen levels in the blood. "As he fought, the oxygen in his blood was used up," the report said.
AJ's parents recently broke their silence to say their son was beaten to death and they want justice.