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Posted at 06:46 PM ET, 08/29/2011

Javaris Crittenton will turn himself in; ‘he’s innocent,” lawyer says


(via TMZ)
The lawyer for Javaris Crittenton said the former Washington Wizards player has agreed to surrender to Atlanta authorities who have charged him in the shooting death of a 22-year-old woman.

Crittenton, who appeared on an FBI “Wanted” poster earlier today, will take a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta and is expected to arrive “very early [Tuesday] morning,” attorney Brian Steel told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“Mr. Crittenton wants to clear his name,” Steel said. “He’s innocent of the charges.”

Earlier today, the Atlanta office of the FBI obtained a federal arrest warrant for Crittenton, charging him with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. He is accused of the drive-by shooting of Julian Jones, a mother of four. Atlanta police say that she was walking with a group that included a man Crittenton believed had stolen jewelry from him in April. Shots were fired from a black Chevrolet Tahoe thought to belong to Crittenton.

“It appears Mr. Crittenton observed who he thought was the perpetrator walking down the street,” Keith Meadows of the Atlanta Police Dept. said. “It so happens Miss Jones was walking down the street at the same time.”

Crittenton bought a one-way ticket to Los Angeles last Wednesday and, according to Steel, offered to surrender to Los Angeles authorities. Steel said the Atlanta police requested that he return to Atlanta.

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