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Crittenton charged with murder of Atlanta woman

Posted on: August 26, 2011 8:48 pm
Edited on: August 27, 2011 1:08 pm
By Matt Moore

Javaris Crittenton, a former NBA player best known for being suspended by the league for bringing a gun into the Washington Wizards' locker room, has been charged with murder in the shooting of a woman in Atlanta.

From WSBTV in Atlanta
An arrest warrant has been issued for former NBA player and Georgia Tech star Javaris Crittenton in connection with the shooting death of a mother of four, Atlanta police said.

The shooting happened Aug. 19 shortly before 10 p.m. in the 2900 block of Macon Drive in southwest Atlanta.

Investigators said 22-year-old Jullian Jones was walking with others when someone from a dark SUV opened fire. Jones was struck and later died.
via Former NBA player, Ga. Tech star wanted in killing - News Story - WSB Atlanta

The report also states that the targets were two unarmed men in the company of the victim and the shooting is believed to be in retaliation for a robbery of Crittenton in April.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the FBI is involved in the investigation, and that Crittenton is not in custody, as he's currently in L.A. The two men believed to be the target were unharmed and fled the scene. The AJC reports that several people witnessed the shooting.


An athletic guard with handle, Crittenton was drafted by the Lakers, and was then traded to the Grizzlies in the Pau Gasol deal, then later dealt to the Wizards. He infamously became entrenched in the bet that wound up with Gilbert Arenas bringing out his guns in the locker room, with Crittenton making similar threats. He was signed briefly with the Bobcats before the 2010-2011 season but was waived prior the season and finished the year with the D-League. 

More from the Associated Press report: 
Jones, a mother of four, was walking with a group of people on the city's southwest side when she was shot by someone inside a dark-colored SUV, police said.

Investigators say they don't believe the woman was the intended target. Campos said the motive appears to be retaliation for a robbery in April, in which Crittenton was a victim.

Crittenton was suspended for the final 38 games of the 2009-10 season by the NBA after he and Arenas acknowledged bringing guns into the locker room. Two days after a dispute stemming from a card game on a team flight, Arenas brought four guns to the locker room and set them in front of Crittenton's locker with a sign telling him to "PICK 1." Crittenton then took out his own gun.

Crittenton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge on Jan. 25, 2010, and received probation.

After the Wizards declined to re-sign him, he signed a non-guaranteed contract with Charlotte before last season. The Bobcats waived him Oct. 15, and he then played five games in China for the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions, averaging 25.8 points. He also played 20 games for the NBDL's Dakota Wizards, averaging 14.3 points.

Crittenton was drafted 19th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2007. He played little with Los Angeles and was traded to Memphis in his rookie year, then to Washington in December 2008.

Crittenton averaged 5.3 points and 1.8 assists in 113 NBA games.


Since: Sep 1, 2009
Posted on: August 27, 2011 1:31 am

Warrant issued for Crittenton on murder charges

Thought you had a rough time in the aftermath of your little tilt with Arenas? Life just got a whole lot uglier now, because you had to play thuggie macho man and start spraying gunfire about. Worst part was, you killed someone who simply happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Get ready for a long, cold winter if/when you're convicted of this crime, and it'll be a lot longer and colder than for most of your type, because you had a taste of life in the NBA-all that does is make the fall that much farther.

Have a thought for the life of that poor young woman who lies dead, you worthless street swine!

Since: Nov 13, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2011 1:07 am

Warrant issued for Crittenton on murder charges

Once a hood rat piece of garbage always a hood rat piece of garbage, love to see these guys end up where they belong at the end of the day.

Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2011 1:05 am

Warrant issued for Crittenton on murder charges

How did this turn into a commentary on race?  If Crittendon did this then he's obviously a bad person and deserves to go to jail for the rest of his life or die.  Who cares if he's black, white, hispanic, asian, south american or middle eastern?  Wouldnt matter to me what color he is, just catch his sorry azz so he can pay the reaper and maybe give this poor girl's family some peace of mind.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2011 1:05 am

Warrant issued for Crittenton on murder charges

Sad.  The lives of 4 children will never be what it should have been withot their mother. Sad that a person lucky enough to be a professional athelete throws everything away.  Race, Age, Gender, Class and upbringing do not matter in a case like this.  When you make a decision to end a life, accident or not, you should pay with your own.  We live in a world where thing do not make sense.  

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: August 27, 2011 12:37 am

Warrant issued for Crittenton on murder charges

Weak. When you don't have facts to back up your argument...... throw out the race card. So tired and weak. Stop perpetuating this garbage.

Since: Aug 16, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2011 12:28 am

Warrant issued for Crittenton on murder charges

Raise your hand and say "I" if you're tired of hearing about pro-athletes....errrrrr....wait, pro and college athletes:
shooting up,
drug dealing,
kicking people in the face,
killing your baby's mommas momma,
selling something,
running from the law. 

The downward spiral of our society continues.  Thanks CBS for always supplying.


Since: Jun 21, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2011 12:12 am

Warrant issued for Crittenton on murder charges

Well said!

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2011 12:10 am

Warrant issued for Crittenton on murder charges

the next rae carruth.

Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: August 27, 2011 12:07 am

Warrant issued for Crittenton on murder charges

nigga's will be nigga's lol

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: August 26, 2011 11:38 pm

Warrant issued for Crittenton on murder charges

Thug league strikes again!!

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