Former Washington Wizards guard Javaris Crittenton is expected to appear in court in Atlanta Tuesday on a murder charge, the Associated Press reports.
Crittenton, 23, is charged in the Aug. 19 slaying of 22-year-old Jullian Jones, a mother of four. Atlanta police believe that the intended target of the shooting was one of two men who was walking with Jones.
Crittenton was arrested on Aug. 29 at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif. The AP reported that the motive for the shooting appears to be retaliation for an April robbery, in which Crittenton was a victim.
Crittenton has denied involvement in Jones’s death. His attorney, Brian Steel, has said Crittenton will be exonerated.
Crittenton was suspended from the Wizards 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.