Atlanta (WAOK)-Javaris Crittenton once an NBA player, is now officially an inmate at the Fulton County Jail. The former Georgia Tech basketball star was returned to Georgia Thursday from Los Angeles to face charges in the death of 22 year old Julian Jones who was shot to death during a drive by shooting on August 19. Police say witnesses reported the shots were fired near Jones’ Macon Drive home in southwest Atlanta from a black Chevrolet Tahoe linked to Crittenton.
Police believe the bullets were meant for a teenager that Crittenton believed had robbed him of diamond jewelry and an iPhone valued at more than $55,000. Jones the mother of four was walking with a group that included the suspected teen when she was shot.
Police say Crittenton fled to Los Angeles after the shooting. He was arrested two weeks ago while attempting to board a plane back to Atlanta.
Crittenton has been in trouble with the law before, pleading guilty in January 2010 to a misdemeanor gun possession charge following a locker room altercation with teammate Gilbert Arenas. Crittenton received a year of probation and was also suspended by the NBA for the rest of the 2010-11 season.
Crittenton faces homicide murder, felony murder, and intent to murder charges. Crittenton waived his first court appearance today his next court date will be September 30th at 9 a.m. at the Fulton County Courthouse. He will remain in the Fulton County Jail until then. Crittenton’s attorney says his client is innocent.