Ex NBAer Javaris Crittenton Jailed on Murder Charges
Written by EURweb.com Friday, 16 September 2011 15:11
Former NBA guard Javaris Crittenton spent Thursday night in a Georgia jail, having been extradited there to face a murder charge in the death of an Atlanta mother, reports CNN.
Tracy Flanagan, a spokeswoman for the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, said by e-mail that Crittenton was booked in the county jail that night. He is expected to appear in court at 11 a.m. Friday, “unless his counsel has other ideas,” she said. Crittenton and his lawyers can waive the hearing.
The 23-year-old athlete is charged with homicide murder, felony murder and intent to commit aggravated murder, according to Flanagan. He was arrested in late August at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, on a fugitive warrant, Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman for the FBI office in Los Angeles, said soon after he was taken into custody.
Atlanta investigators said 22-year-old Julian Jones was killed during a drive-by shooting August 19. The mother of four may not have been the target of the shooting, Atlanta police told CNN affiliate WSB. Police believe Crittenton may have been targeting a man who stole jewelry from him.
Jones was walking with two men when she was shot and police believe one of the men was the target, the affiliate reported.
Crittenton, who played for Georgia Tech before going professional, was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2007 and was then traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. He was picked up by the Washington Wizards in December 2008, but he was suspended and later released by the NBA in 2010 after a gun-related incident involving teammate Gilbert Arenas.