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Ex-Laker Javaris Crittenton to return to Atlanta on murder charge

August 31, 2011 |  3:47 pm

Former Lakers guard Javaris Crittenton, right, appears in court Wednesday

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Javaris Crittenton waived his right to an extradition hearing Monday and a judge ordered him to be moved to Atlanta where he faces a murder charge in a drive-by shooting.

In a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday, Crittenton acknowledged that he faces a murder charge in Atlanta and agreed to return there immediately. The basketball ball player was arrested Monday evening at Orange County's John Wayne Airport as he boarded a plane bound for Atlanta.

He will remain jailed without bail until he is transferred to Atlanta. Crittenton, 23, of Fayetteville, Ga., is suspected of shooting Jullian Jones, a mother of four, on Aug. 19 as she stood outside her home with two other people.

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 through his attorney has denied being connected to the shooting. The former Georgia Tech star's attorney has said he was attempting to return to Atlanta to surrender when authorities arrested him.

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.

For the record, 4:24 p.m. Aug. 31: A previous version of this post referred to Jullian Jones as Julian Jones.


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Photo: Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Javaris Crittenton, right, appears in court Monday.

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