Ex-NBA player Crittenton indicted on murder charge for 2011 shooting

javaris_crittentonA grand jury has indicted former professional basketball player Javaris Crittenton on murder and gang charges in the drive-by shooting death of a young mother in Georgia in 2011, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Julian Jones, 22, was gunned down in Atlanta in August 2011 by someone who fired an assault rifle from a dark-colored sport utility vehicle, police said.

Jones did not appear to be Crittenton’s intended victim, according to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors said the shooting was gang-related and was in retaliation for an earlier armed robbery of Crittenton, whom they said was associated with the Los Angeles-based Mansfield Gangster Crips.

The 12-count indictment issued Tuesday against Crittenton, 25, and his cousin, Douglas Gamble, includes charges of murder, participation in criminal street gang activity and the attempted murder of another man who was shot at, but not injured.

Crittenton’s attorney said he would fight the charges.

“Mr. Crittenton is an honorable man who did not in any way commit any of the crimes alleged in the indictment,” lawyer Brian Steel told Reuters.

Crittenton, who was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2007 and played two seasons in the National Basketball Association, was released on $230,000 bond after his August 2011 arrest in Jones’s death.

For most of his career, Crittenton played little with Los Angeles, the Memphis Grizzles and Washington.

After the Wizards declined to re-sign him, he signed a non-guaranteed contract with Charlotte in 2011 but eventually was waived.

In January 2010, the NBA suspended Crittenton and Wizards teammate Gilbert Arenas without pay for the rest of the season for bringing guns into a locker room following a dispute over a poker game during a flight home from a game.

He then played five games in China for the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions, averaging 25.8 points.

After the incident with Arenas, there wasn’t much demand in the NBA for Crittenton, who averaged 5.3 points and 1.8 assists during his four-year career.

He also played for the NBA Development League’s Dakota Wizards, averaging 14.3 points in 20 games last year.

Crittenton pleaded guilty to a criminal charge and received one year of probation over that incident.

/Yahoo News/


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