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Aug302011

Former NBA Player Javaris Crittenton Arrested, Faces Murder Charge

Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Former Los Angeles Lakers player Javaris Crittenton has been arrested at a Southern California airport in connection with the Aug. 19 shooting death of a 23-year-old Atlanta woman.

Crittenton, who was recruited by Georgia Tech and drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers, was arrested Monday night at Orange County's John Wayne Airport after checking in for a Delta Air Lines flight bound for Atlanta, according to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.  Crittenton was arrested without incident by FBI agents with assistance from the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

The 23-year-old basketball star was wanted in connection with the shooting death of Julian Jones in Atlanta.

According to ABC News Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV, police say Jones was walking near her home in southeast Atlanta on Aug. 19.  Jones, a mother of four, was with two men.  A black Chevrolet Tahoe carrying Crittenton drove up and Crittenton allegedly shot at one of the men, who he suspected stole jewelry from him in an April 21 robbery.

The two men fled after Jones was shot in the leg; she died during surgery later that day.

Following his arrest, it is unclear if Crittenton will make an initial appearance in federal court or be taken directly to Atlanta to face state charges there.

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