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Ex-Laker Javaris Crittenton, wanted for murder, may be in L.A.

August 29, 2011 |  1:35 pm

JCrittenton A onetime Los Angeles Lakers player accused of gunning down a mother of four in Atlanta was targeting someone else, police said Monday.

Javaris Crittenton, 23, allegedly shot Julian Jones on Aug. 19 as she stood outside her home with two other people.

He may be hiding in the L.A. area and is considered armed and dangerous, police said.

Atlanta homicide detectives said Crittenton was trying to shoot someone he believed stole jewelry from him in April, Georgia law enforcement sources said.

Jones was caught in a hail of bullets from the driver’s side of a sport utility vehicle. She was hit multiple times and declared dead at a hospital, said FBI Special Agent Steve Emmett.

Crittenton, of Fayetteville, Ga., is now the subject of an FBI manhunt. Investigators learned that on Aug. 24, he took a one-way flight to Los Angeles.

The Atlanta FBI office obtained a federal arrest warrant Monday.

FBI officials said the 6-foot-5 former Georgia Tech basketball star has friends and associates in L.A.

Crittenton was drafted by the Lakers in 2007 but was traded in his rookie year to the Memphis Grizzlies.

His NBA career sputtered with the Washington Wizards in 2009 when he and then-teammate Gilbert Arenas pulled guns on each other.

He was subsequently suspended for the season and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor gun possession. He was sentenced to a year’s probation.

His last stint in pro basketball was with the Dakota Wizards of the NBA's development league.

Anyone with information on Crittenton may contact the the FBI in Los Angeles at (310) 477-6565 or Atlanta at (404) 679-9000.

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Photo: Former Lakers player Javaris Crittenton, wanted for a slaying in Atlanta, may be hiding in L.A., authorities say. Credit: FBI

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