At least the situation didn't end badly. He was at the airport on his way to fly to Atlanta to turn himself in. Police just got to him before he boarded the plane.
He got arrested tonight here at John Wayne airport which is 2 blocks from me. I guess he was chillin in Irvine over the weekend.
Javaris Crittenton faces homicide charge...
Posted August 30, 2011 - 04:39 AM
Posted August 30, 2011 - 09:45 AM
The FBI arrested former NBA player Javaris Crittenton at a southern California airport Monday night when he checked in for a flight to Atlanta.
The Atlanta office of the FBI had obtained a federal arrest warrant for Crittenton , who was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. He is being sought in connection with the shooting Aug. 19 of Julian Jones, a 22-year-old mother of four in Atlanta. She was struck by bullets apparently intended for someone in a group she was with, Keith Meadows of the Atlanta Police Dept. said. In the group was a man Crittenton believed had stolen jewelry from him in April, police said.
“He was not fleeing ,” attorney Eldridge Suggs told the Los Angeles NBC affiliate Tuesday morning. “He came to LA to work out, to rehab. His second home is LA. He bought that [one-way] ticket weeks prior to even knowing about the killing. He should not have his career destroyed.”
Brad Steel, a lawyer for Crittenton, had told the Atlanta Journal Constitution earlier Monday that Crittenton would return to Georgia on the red-eye and surrender to authorities. The FBI intervened before he could board the flight from John Wayne Airport.
“Mr. Crittenton wants to clear his name,” Steel said. “He's innocent of the charges.”
Posted August 31, 2011 - 07:01 AM
Jewelry robbery linked to ex-NBA player, shooting
ATLANTA (AP) — A former NBA player who is accused of shooting an Atlanta woman to death appeared to be retaliating for being robbed of $55,000 worth of jewelry, police said.
Javaris Crittenton, who was suspended from the NBA along with his ex-teammate Gilbert Arenas for having guns in a locker room, was arrested late Monday at a Southern California airport. He has been charged with murder in the Aug. 19 shooting death of Jullian Jones outside her house in Atlanta, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.
Crittenton's attorneys have said he will exonerated.
Crittenton told police he and a friend were leaving a barbershop around 10:50 p.m. April 21 when two teenagers surprised them as they returned to their car, according to police report released to The Associated Press.
One teenager held Crittenton at gunpoint and ordered him to "give me what you got," he told police. He said he handed over a $25,000 black diamond necklace, a $30,000 black diamond watch, an iPhone and $25 cash, according to the report.Jane Robison of the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said prosecutors expect to charge Crittenton Wednesday with being a fugitive from justice and he may be arraigned later that day.
An Atlanta Police spokeswoman said the timetable for Crittenton's return depends on whether he waives extradition.
Jones, a 23-year-old mother of four, was outside her house with 18-year-old Trontavious Stephens when a black Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid pulled up and opened fire. Authorities have said they don't believe Jones was the intended target, but they haven't said who they think the gunman was after.
Stephens told The Associated Press he had never met Crittenton and wasn't involved in the robbery.
"I didn't know him at all," said Stephens. "I didn't know he existed and he didn't know I existed. I hadn't seen him a day in my life when he pulled up and started shooting."
Crittenton's defense attorney Eldridge Suggs said his client wasn't in the vehicle and was eager to clear his name. Brian Steel, another attorney who says he represents Crittenton, didn't return several phone calls and emails Tuesday, but said earlier that his client would be exonerated.
Family and friends of Jones set up a makeshift memorial for her on the side of the road where she was gunned down. June Woods, her adoptive mother, said Jones was a hard-working mother of four who spent her days working at a fast food restaurant and nights caring for her four children, she said.
"She wasn't involved in any trouble. She tried to keep herself away from trouble," said Woods. "I don't understand why it happened. I don't know why. Her kids could have been outside. They could have been shot. I'm still looking for that one answer to that one question: Why?"
Crittenton was with the Washington Wizards in December 2009 when he and Arenas had a dispute over a card game. Two days later, 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 in January 2010 to a misdemeanor gun charge and received a year of unsupervised probation. Arenas entered his guilty plea on Jan. 15, 2010. He served a short time in a halfway house.
Crittenton is on the roster of the NBA developmental league's Dakota Wizards.
Posted September 29, 2011 - 07:36 PM
Crittenton freed on bond in slaying
ATLANTA – Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton was released from jail early Wednesday after posting $230,000 bond on charges that he killed a woman in a drive-by shooting in south Atlanta.
He was released from the Fulton County Jail hours after county Magistrate Judge Karen Woodson granted him bond during a hearing that featured hours after testimony from the player's friends and coaches who said he was too focused on making a comeback to the NBA to squander his future on a revenge killing.
Prosecutors said they feared Crittenton could threaten two witnesses who implicated him in the Aug. 19 shooting death of 22-year-old Julian Jones in Atlanta. The judge sought to soothe those concerns by banning Crittenton from the crime scene, ordering him to wear an ankle monitor and requiring Paul Hewitt, who coached Georgia Tech when Crittenton starred there, to co-sign the bond with others who testified on his behalf.
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