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Ex-Laker Javaris Crittenton to appear in court in fatal shooting

August 31, 2011 |  7:14 am

Javaris Crittenton Former Lakers player Javaris Crittenton is set to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday for a hearing on his arrest in a murder case.

Crittenton, 23, is wanted in connection with a drive-by shooting in Atlanta.

He was being held Tuesday at Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters on a state penal code charge of being a fugitive from justice, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

A federal warrant charging him with unlawful flight to avoid arrest is expected to be dismissed because he is being held on the state charge, authorities said.

He was apprehended Monday night at John Wayne International Airport by a fugitive task force of FBI agents and LAPD officers.

Crittenton allegedly shot Jullian Jones, a mother of four, on Aug. 19 as she stood outside her home, authorities said.

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

Caught in a hail of bullets from the driver’s side of a sport utility vehicle, Jones was hit multiple times and declared dead at a hospital, according to authorities.

Crittenton, of Fayetteville, Ga., 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.

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Photo: Former Lakers player Javaris Crittenton. Credit: FBI

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