*Update* Suspect Arrested & Charged With Voluntary Manslaughter for the Death of Ashley “A.J.” Jewell

- By Bossip Staff

Atlanta homicide detectives have arrested a suspect in the beating death of the former fiancé of the newest member of the reality television show The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Fredrick Richardson has been charged with voluntary manslaughter. Ashley “A.J.” Jewell, who was engaged to Kandi Burruss until last August, died of massive head injuries he suffered in a “one-on-one” fight in the parking lot of an Atlanta strip bar, the Body Tap Club in the 1200 block of Marietta Boulevard. Richardson was also hospitalized due to injuries sustained in the fight and is at Grady Memorial Hospital, but will be jailed once released by medical staff. Atlanta police spokesman Officer James Polite said detectives were still “trying to figure out [what happened]. We had a pretty good number of witnesses that are being cooperative.” But the cause of the fight was still not known Saturday.

Polite said Jewell worked at the club but he did not know in what capacity. Burruss said in an interview with the entertainment Web site Essence.com last month that Jewell had bought an interest in an Atlanta club but she did not identify the business. Body Tap is popular with celebrities. Burruss, who has a daughter, was flooded with condolences Saturday on her social networking pages on Twitter.com and MySpace.com. Kandi Burruss thanked friends for their condolences and asked for prayers for Jewell’s six children. She also asked to be left alone. “im just in one of those moods where i dont wanna talk, i dont wanna b held & told its gonna b ok. i just wanna cry myself 2 sleep, alone,” she wrote on a Twitter.com post. She also posted that she had to get some rest before her uncle’s funeral on Saturday. Kim Zolciak, a fellow “Housewives” castmate, said in a phone interview from California Saturday morning how “disgusted” she was that someone could take a life like this. “My heart and prayers are with Kandi, AJ’s children and family,” she said. “I can’t imagine the loss they’re feeling. I’ll be there for my dear friend Kandi.” Zolciak added, “I adored A.J. He will definitely be missed.”



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  • Hannibal

  • Hannibal



    2nd – 6 kids with no daddy

  • Eva

    Good! I hope he get what he deserves…

  • boy

    wow, even if they didn’t break up she still would have never married him..


  • Its6amHoGetOut Resident Genius

    It’ll be over money people!

  • http://hjh.com FEFE

    This is just terrible. There are now 6 kids without a dad. I am just glad that Kandi did not mary tht guy it would have been much more hurtful for her. even though it will still hurt bad beauce they were once together and she undoubtedly still loved him but it would have been a way worde pain had they married. I just wich the best to Kandi. She is the nicest one on the RHOA. I will keep her and his kids in my prayers.

  • Santana Caress

    wow! that is too sad.

  • http://bossip Damn D

    That’s so sad…

  • Laurie Farmer

    Life is already hard enough for coloured kids, now all the 6 kids have to go through life with no father.

    May hos soul resi in peace and may the good Lord prote ct and guide those kids. Amen

  • God's_Angel

    So now what happens with the twins Kandi has guardianship of? They weren’t even together for 2 years. If those twin’s family had any decency, they would come and get those girls.

    Hopefully either AJ’s family or the twins family has already come and got the girls, considering this tragedy.

  • http://bossip Pooshanora


  • sygacity

    Wow! You have to be a sick ungodly self-absorbed insensitive individual to take a minute out of your life to write something negative about a situation like this… Very tragic…

  • http://www.theperfectmemorial.com The Perfect Memorial

    And yet another one?

    Sad to see.

    Rest in peace dude.

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  • Kenneth

    Wow, you certainly can tell some of you folks are very young… You all actually had the nerve to say something negative about someone dying… Classless…

  • Shy

    Sad just sad..,

  • http://yahoo.com Ad F. Baby

    thats good ne body who murders in cold blood should be prosecuted. It crazy because at a time with a man the same color as us in office, instead of us uplifting eachother we’re shooting and beating one another down. SMDHS2S

  • smmb

    Manta.com reports Body Tap is owned by Veronica Jones Enterprises (Body Tap). ATL Constitution newspaper reports Fredrick Richardson (her husband) is in the hospital in Atlanta but has been charged w/manslaughter and will be taken to jail upon release.

  • smmb

    http://www.atlantapd.org/lrb/101706MINUTES.pdf shows in 2006 they had their liquor license suspended due to concerns of shootings, prostitution and operating beyond clubs hours. Licensee name: Veronica Jones

  • fee

    I feel sorry for poor Kandi. She seems to lose every man she loves. First it was Gerald Levert, whom she had a relationship with for years by the way,and now A.J. My prayers go out to her.

  • smmb

    Body Tap is the club where Pacman Jones was accused of puching someone in the eye; the owner listed at that time is Veronica Jones

  • Ohio_888

    Dang that is messed up RIP

    I wonder if Kandi is going to raise the rest of his kids now…..

  • Keep It Easy

    Soo Sad!

  • Silken Dove

    Series #4: When the Karma Unfolds…

  • Sydney™ (. . .the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die)


    You have a lot of info! Someone also posted a tip on TMZ.com that Veronica Jones’ husband (nicknamed “Cornbread”) was jealous of her close relationship with A.J., who allegedly was in negotiations to buy the strip club. This person claims that Jones drove A.J. to the hospital herself. I’m seeing this person’s name popping on different blogs, so it looks like there’s a lot more to the story.

    Also, I hadn’t heard of Manta.com (I usually use Hoovers.com and other sites to look up businesses), but it’s good for small business info. It can be challenging to find details on privately owned companies. Thanks.

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