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Tuesday
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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Monday
Aug292011

Former NBA Player Javaris Crittenton to Surrender to Face Murder Charge

Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- For much of his young life, Javaris Crittenton, 23, was wanted for his basketball skills. He was recruited by Georgia Tech and drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers.

Now he is wanted for murder.

Crittenton's attorney said Monday that he will surrender to authorities Tuesday morning.

According to ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV, police say Julian Jones, 23, 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 he allegedly shot at one of the men, whom he suspected stole jewelry from him in an April 21 robbery.

Initial reports suggested Jones was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Later reports said she knew the two men.

The two men fled. Jones had been shot in the leg. She died during surgery later that day.

In 2009 Crittenton was involved in a notorious locker room incident with Washington Wizards teammate Gilbert Arenas in which both brandished guns.

Crittenton was suspended from the NBA for having guns in a locker room with Arenas. He pleaded guilty in January 2010 to a misdemeanor gun charge and received a year of unsupervised probation. Arenas entered his guilty plea on Jan. 15. He served a short time in a halfway house.

CBS Sports reported Arenas tweeted the following on Saturday: "I really wanna say sumthing but I wont becuz theirs a dead woman involved."

The Federal Bureau of Investigation had issued an arrest warrant for Crittenton on the charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Special Agent Steve Emmett said Crittenton bought and traveled on a one-way ticket from Atlanta to Los Angeles last Wednesday.

"We didn't only lose a mother, a friend, or a daughter, or a fiancee. We lost a loved one who was really special to us in our hearts," Jones' mother, June Woods, told WSB.

"If you're a star player ... even if he was robbed ... he had enough money to replace it," said Jones' fiance, Harel Butler. "You can never put a price on her life."

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