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Arrest warrant issued for Javaris Crittenton in drive-by killing of mother of four

Aug 26, 2011, 9:28 PM EDT

Javaris Crittenton

There are terrible stories every day. Stories that make you question how young lives go wrong, how people can commit terrible acts, how they can make decisions that end the lives of others, innocent or not, and ruin their own. Javaris Crittenton is currently sought by police in connection with one such story.

WSB-TV in Atlanta and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution report Friday night that an arrest warrant has been issued for Crittenton in connection with the fatal drive-by shooting of a mother of four on August 19th. From the AJC:

Julian Jones, 23, was killed in a drive-by shooting on Aug. 19. A murder warrant in the slaying has been issued for former Georgia Tech star Javaris Crittenton.

Crittenton is not in custody and is believed to be in the Los Angeles area, Maj. Keith Meadows said. The FBI is involved with the investigation, and Atlanta authorities are hoping Crittenton will turn himself in, he said.

Jones was walking with others near 2915 Macon Drive in southwest Atlanta around 10 p.m. Aug. 19 when she was shot, Campos said.

Police believe Crittenton fired shots from a black Chevrolet Tahoe, Meadows said. There were several witnesses to the incident, he said.

via Former Georgia Tech star wanted for homicide  | ajc.com.

Crittenton was a first-round pick for the Lakers, and was so certain he would be making his home there as a reserve for the Lakers behind Derek Fisher that his girlfriend at the time had moved to L.A. to begin school. Then he was traded in the Pau Gasol deal to Memphis. He never caught on with the Grizzlies under Marc Iavaroni and wound up in Washington.

Which is likely where you’re most familiar with his name from.

Crittenton was the other Wizard who feuded with Gilbert Areas in 2009 over a gambling dispute that led to guns being brought out in the Wizards’ locker room. Both Crittenton and Arenas were suspended for the remainder of the season, Crittenton’s contract was not picked up. He had a brief stint with the Bobcats in 2010, and spent most of his time in the D-League.

Crittenton had a bright future in this league, and is only sought in the charge. He hasn’t been convicted of anything, but there are multiple witnesses to the shooting and police believe the shooting was targeting two unarmed men with the victim. Police believe the shooting was retaliation for a robbery of Crittenton in April.

We’ll keep you updated as events warrant.

  1. 1742hawk - Aug 26, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    Just another example of a black man unfairly becoming a part of the prison population. How unfair. …ha

    • denverdude7 - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:07 PM

      Maybe he can share a cell with Rae Carruth or OJ. Two more men unfairly imprisined black men.

      • 1742hawk - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:22 PM

        yeah..none of these guys got fair trials. White folks do all the crime while black folks do all the time.

        Just wait till Hurricane Irene hits shore. We’ll see who is looting and how isn’t

      • spike2226 - Aug 27, 2011 at 3:24 AM

        Bot those guys should have got the chair, along with this thug.

    • trbowman - Aug 26, 2011 at 11:00 PM

      You are a retard

  2. denverdude7 - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    WHAT ?????

    Another NBA player in trouble with the law?

    I am stunned, stunned I tell you.

    Everyone knows what stand up, assets to their communities some of these guys are.

    Maybe the lockout is beneficial after all. With all this extra time on their hands some of these upstanding boy scouts will now be able to weed themselves out of the league.

    I say keep them locked out for around 5 years or so. The prison system may get a little crowded but the game itself will be better for it.

    • Kurt Helin - Aug 27, 2011 at 10:56 AM

      The NBA is filled with 450 players, and like every collection of 450 there are great, upstanding humans and some guys who are trouble. It’s a reflection of society, for all that is good and bad.

  3. goforthanddie - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    Loser.

    • 1742hawk - Aug 27, 2011 at 1:50 AM

      Double retard, Double loser

  4. dysraw1 - Aug 26, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    Why must we pull the race card here, about the human stupidity card

    • cmack21 - Aug 28, 2011 at 2:03 PM

      Exactly right… its about stupidity not race but some of these MORONS try to make it out to be. IDK if its the face that they got cut from their middle school basketball team and still bitter or they are just some red neck cousin loving bigoted peice of trailer trash.

  5. cookie2117 - Aug 26, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    Someone can’t leave those guns alone

  6. david8726 - Aug 27, 2011 at 2:14 AM

    Just about every day you can count on reading a terrible story about someone being murdered. I feel sad when I see those stories, but I’m rarely shocked by them because it happens all the time.

    But for some reason I found myself genuinely disturbed when I read this headline. I guess sometimes we forget that these athletes we watch are people just like anyone else, and they are capable of terrible things like the rest of us.

  7. Brian Murphy - Aug 27, 2011 at 2:40 AM

    What a crazy fall from fame. From the point guard-in-waiting in L.A. to journeyman to the D-League and now murder suspect. All in about four years. What a waste.

  8. christeca - Aug 27, 2011 at 3:06 AM

    Wow! It seems like some people can’t accept a horrible story for what it is, but always have to place a racial element onto it. Thanks 1742hawk and Denverdude!!!

    • 1742hawk - Aug 29, 2011 at 11:09 AM

      Christeca…Thank you. I’m just tired of the double standard. We had a officer ambushed and killed with a shotgun 7 days ago. White officer. Black perp and a shotgun ambush. Where was the national new coverage? Where was the public outcry? Where were the civil rights leaders demanding and investigation into this longstanding pattern of behavior. Where were the rioters shutting down the BART subways? It’s a horrible story period. Read the stats on black violent crime in America. I’m certain you’ll be able to make a few excuses.

  9. dannomac21 - Aug 27, 2011 at 3:37 AM

    i wonder if tyreke evans was driving

  10. spike036 - Aug 27, 2011 at 7:21 AM

    Rae Curruth Jr?

    • spike036 - Aug 27, 2011 at 7:21 AM

      I know…typo

  11. pacog364 - Aug 27, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    It is a sad situation, when you get the person out of the ghetto, but you can’t get the ghetto out of a person. My condolences to the victims family.

  12. habibthomas - Aug 27, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Well said Kurt, well said Kurt.

  13. cmack21 - Aug 28, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    1742hawk, denverdude7 are you douche bags jealous much? Im not defending what this dude did but you pricks are just as bad. you have to take the good with the bad in society and you are just the same. there are good guys in the league but at the same time they are scumbags just like you guys!

    • 1742hawk - Aug 31, 2011 at 9:40 PM

      cmack….your opinion is different than mine…so you’re a good guy. That’s logical.

  14. southbeachtalent - Aug 30, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    This guys almost as bad as LeBron!!

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