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Posted: November 21, 2018

Man accused of killing Angela Simmons' ex-fiancé denied bond

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By J.D. Capelouto, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATLANTA —

A man who allegedly shot and killed the ex-fiancé of a reality star was denied bond during a preliminary court hearing Tuesday.

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A judge heard enough to move forward with the charges of murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm during a felony against Michael Williams, Atlanta's WSB-TV reported.

Williams is accused of shooting and killing 37-year-old Sutton Tennyson, the ex-fiancé of reality television star Angela Simmons.

He turned himself in Nov. 8 after being wanted in connection with the Nov. 3 shooting. He was also denied bond at his first appearance.

Tennyson was found with multiple gunshot wounds inside an open garage on Jewel Drive in an upscale southwest Atlanta community, Atlanta police said. The suspect drove away after the fatal shooting, according to police.

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Police Detective Darrin Smith said during the hearing that a license plate reader near the scene of the shooting helped identify Williams as the suspect. It had a hit on a 2013 BMW that was registered to Williams, WSB-TV reported.

When officers found the car at his home, Smith said, the tag was missing.

Officers also found guns at the home, but didn’t find the gun used to shoot Tennyson, Smith said.

Williams’ attorney, Jackie Patterson, told the news station that those weapons were owned by the suspect’s wife.

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Patterson also said during the hearing that Williams had previously been convicted of manslaughter.

Police said a witness — a contractor who had been discussing a job with Tennyson — is important to the case. The contractor said that before the shooting, a man drove up and got in an argument with the victim, saying Tennyson owed him money, WSB-TV reported.

Tennyson had a child with Simmons, the daughter of Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons, one of the founding members of legendary rap group Run-DMC. She is the niece of hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and appears on WE-TV’s “Growing Up Hip Hop.”


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Man accused of killing Angela Simmons' ex-fiancé denied bond

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Man accused of killing Angela Simmons' ex-fiancé denied bond

A judge heard enough to move forward with the charges of murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm during a felony against Michael Williams, Atlanta's WSB-TV reported.

Angela Simmons' ex-fiance Sutton Tennyson shot and killed in Atlanta

The victim of an apparent homicide in southwest Atlanta was identified Sunday as the ex-fiancé of celebrity designer Angela Simmons.

Sutton Tennyson, 37, was shot and killed inside a garage shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday, the  Atlanta Police Department said.

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Tennyson had a child with Simmons, 2-year-old Sutton Joseph Tennyson.

Simmons is the daughter of Rev. Run, one of the founding members of legendary hip-hop group Run–DMC.

The victim was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds inside the open garage, APD spokesman Officer Jarius Daugherty said in a statement.

Police said a preliminary investigation suggests that Tennyson was talking in the driveway with another man when “the conversation escalated” and the man shot Tennyson multiple times.

The man left the scene in a car, and the shooting is under investigation.

Simmons, whose career includes appearing on several reality television shows, made an Instagram post about her ex-fiancé on Sunday, including pictures of him with their child.

“Thank you for leaving behind my greatest gift,” she wrote. “I’m hurting. I’m numb.”

Simmons also posted a video of Sutton Joseph watching a video of Tennyson playing with him in a pool. Simmons is heard on the video saying, “Peek-a-boo!” as Tennyson laughs, dipping their son in the water.