Former NBA Player Crittenton Arrested in Murder Inquiry

Javaris Crittenton, a former player for the National Basketball Association’s Washington Wizards, was arrested in Southern California in connection with a murder in Atlanta.

Crittenton was detained at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana last night when he checked in for a flight to Atlanta, Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Los Angeles, said in a telephone interview.

He was booked into the Los Angeles Police Department jail and held on charges of being a fugitive from justice, Eimiller said. Crittenton, 23, will appear in Los Angeles Criminal Court tomorrow at 8:30 a.m., she said.

The Atlanta Police Department obtained a warrant for the arrest of Crittenton following the Aug. 19 fatal shooting of 22-year-old Jullian Jones outside her house in the Georgia city, the FBI said on its website.

The mother of four died from multiple gunshot wounds when walking with two men, the Associated Press reported, citing Atlanta Police spokesman Carlos Campo. The motive appears to be retaliation for a robbery in April in which Crittenton was a victim, Campo told AP on Aug. 26.

“He offered to turn himself in,” Crittenton’s lawyer Brian Steel told AP. “He’s not guilty. We look forward to getting it to the courts.”

Steel was unavailable to comment this morning, according to an assistant at his office. Kim Jones, a spokeswoman for the Atlanta police, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

Crittenton was suspended by the NBA in February 2010 for the remainder of the season along with Wizards teammate Gilbert Arenas after pleading guilty to gun charges involving a locker-room showdown over a gambling dispute.

Crittenton is on the roster of the NBA developmental league’s Dakota Wizards.

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