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Crittenton agrees to turns himself in, claims innocence

Aug 29, 2011, 9:05 PM EDT

Javaris Crittenton

Former NBA guard Javaris Crittenton, who was charged with shooting and killing a 22-year old mother of four less than 48 hours ago, has turned himself in to Atlanta authorities. Christian Boone of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has the story:

The lawyer for former Georgia Tech basketball star Javaris Crittenton said his client has agreed to surrender to local authorities who’ve charged him in the shooting death of a 22-year-old mother of four.

Crittenton will be on a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta and should arrive in his hometown “very early [Tuesday] morning,” said attorney Brian Steel, retained by family members earlier Monday.

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

If found guilty of the charges against him, Crittenton will almost certainly face life in prison. We will keep you updated on this story as it develops.

  1. georgeanderson2 - Aug 29, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    He deserves his day in court, but the hand guns in the locker room are not going to do anything positive for his reputation. Maybe Gilbert really was trying to protect himself from this guy.

  2. goforthanddie - Aug 29, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Hmm. He was apparently in Atlanta at the time of the shooting, couldn’t be found for days, and turns up in LA. That’s not suspicious.

  3. dysraw1 - Aug 29, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    In all sincerity i hope this guy is innoccent, people are ready drawing conclusions.

  4. dtdt3535 - Aug 29, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    Why would he hide all this time? I smell a fly in the ointment.

  5. yippityskippity69 - Aug 29, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    wow! i agree maybe Arenas really was intimidated by this guy! should be interesting to see hi explination!

  6. dtdt3535 - Aug 29, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    Dysraw1. Why wouldn’t you draw conclusions. Had to get the FBI to hunt him down. Where do you think he has been? Practicing free throw?

  7. chashorn - Aug 30, 2011 at 12:05 AM

    What position did he play with the Wizards? Shooting guard, wasn’t it?

  8. kinggw - Aug 30, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    I would have to assume Crittenton is innocent. People are assuming he is guilty in large part to the incident that happened with Arenas. To my knowledge, Crittenton doesnt have a record or a history of violence. This reminds me a lot of the Aqib Talib incident. At first it was reported that Talib shot someone. Later it was reported that he shot at someone, now we arent sure whether or not it was him or his mother who shot at his sister’s boyfriend.

    Crittenton had been in contact with law enforcement throughout the past few days so its not like he was on the lam. Furthermore, if the police were sure about his involvement why wasnt he picked up right away? He wasnt even their initial prime suspect. If he is guilty he should be thrown under the jail, but I hesitate to assume he is guilty because the details are so sketchy. Going forward I imagine there will be a lot more questions raised than answers given.

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