Former Washington Wizards player Javaris Crittenton was taken into custody Monday evening in California in connection with the fatal shooting of a woman in Atlanta, reports the Associated Press.
Crittenton, 23, is a suspect in the Aug. 19 slaying of 22-year-old Jullian Jones, a mother of four. Atlanta police believe the intended target of the shooting was one of two men who was walking with Jones. Crittenton was charged with the murder on Friday, and a federal arrest warrant was put out for the ex-Wizards guard after the FBI learned he had fled to Los Angeles.
Police caught up with Crittenton at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, FBI spokewoman Laura Eimiller told the AP. The wire service also reports that the motive for the shooting appears to be retaliation for an April robbery, in which Crittenton was a victim.
“He offered to turn himself in,” his lawyer, Brian Steel, said. “He’s not guilty. We look forward to getting it to the courts.”
Crittenton, formerly a guard for the Washington Wizards, was suspended from the team in December, 2009 after a heated dispute over a card game with teammate Gilbert Arenas. The altercation reached its peak when Arenas brought four guns into the team locker room and set them in front of Crittenton’s locker. Crittenton responded by taking out his own gun.
Crittenton pleaded guilty in January 2010 to a misdemeanor gun charge in connection with that incident and received a year of unsupervised probation.
“Who knows whether Crittenton’s latest legal predicament is a sign that he never was the person many thought he was, or if his infamous gunplay with Gilbert Arenas back in December 2009 ... set him on a downward spiral to even greater problems?” asks Michael Lee of the Post’s Wizards Insider.
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