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Ex-Laker Javaris Crittenton sought in fatal drive-by shooting

August 29, 2011 |  7:50 am

Click here to learn more about Javaris Crittenton. The FBI believes Javaris Crittenton, a onetime Los Angeles Lakers player wanted in an Atlanta slaying, is in California.

Authorities allege that Crittenton fatally shot Jullian Jones on Aug. 19 in the woman's driveway in Atlanta. Police have been seaching for him for several days.

Atlanta police told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that Crittenton, 23, had reported being robbed of jewelry earlier and might have mistaken Jones as the thief when he opened fire from inside his sport utility vehicle as he drove by.

“It appears Mr. Crittenton observed who he thought was the perpetrator walking down the street," Maj. Keith Meadows told the paper. "It so happens Miss Jones was walking down the street at the same time."

The FBI told the Associated Press on Sunday that it was trying to locate the former basketball player in California but would not be more specific.

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

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Photo: Ex-Laker Javaris Crittenton. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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