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Report: Crittenton shooting may have been revenge for robbery

Aug 30, 2011, 11:09 PM EDT

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Javaris Crittenton is in custody for allegedly shooting and killing Julian Jones, a mother of four, at a drive-by in front of her Atlanta house. Crittenton claims innocence, saying he was not in the car.

The question has been why would he do it? Atlanta police had always said the target was some men with Jones at the time of the shooting, that she was the classic innocent bystander.

The reason might be revenge for an earlier robbery, according to the Associated Press.

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.

One of the people with Jones at the time of the shooting said he was not involved in any robbery. However, revenge for that robbery may be motive.

Crittenton was expected to be on the roster of the D-League’s Dakota Wizards this coming season. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2007 and also played for the Memphis Grizzlies, then the Washington Wizards where he was suspended along with Gilbert Arenas for a guns-in-the-locker room incident. And Crittenton should not be calling Arenas as a character witness.

  1. trbowman - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:43 PM

    I thought we already knew this?

  2. anhdazman - Aug 31, 2011 at 1:31 AM

    Ray Lewis said something about there would be more arrest during the NFL lock-out. I think he meant the NBA LOCK-OUT and its players.

  3. bullsfan93 - Aug 31, 2011 at 8:39 AM

    thats how every drive-by starts…you’re trying to hit someone else; but the WRONG PERSON IS ALWAYS KILLED (AKA INNOCENT MOTHER OF 4)

  4. dysraw1 - Aug 31, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    So sorry for that young lady irregardles to who did the shooting, Everybodys life is precious to them. I always thought that a drive by was some punk shit, because you almost never hit your target.

  5. dez88bigtime - Aug 31, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    He’s finished

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