Former NBA Player Released on Bond
Atlanta (WAOK)- Javaris Crittenton, former Georgia Tech standout was released on bond from the Fulton County jail early Wednesday. Crittenton faces murder charges in connection with a drive by shooting that left a young mother of four dead.
Fulton Sheriff’s spokesman Tracy Flanagan said Crittenton was released at 12:15 a.m. He will be required to wear an ankle monitor, Flanagan said. Crittenton was released after he was granted a $230,000 bond until the case is tried in October.
The Associated Press reported that former Tech coach Paul Hewitt was one of several people who signed Crittenton’s bond.
During the bond hearing Tuesday, Crittenton’s attorney, Brian Steel called upon as many supporters as possible to win the one-time All-American bond, bringing a petition with more than 1,000 signers, dozens of people standing up for him inside and outside the courtroom and a host of character witnesses to testify to Crittenton’s virtues, including his childhood friend, his 7th grade teacher, his college sweetheart and Hewitt.
Police and witnesses have identified Crittenton as the triggerman in a drive-by shooting that killed Julian Jones.
Crittenton is charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and gun possession in Jones’ Aug. 19 shooting death. Police allege that Crittenton shot Jones accidentally; he intended to shoot a man in a group with her who he believed had stolen jewelry from him, police say.
Crittenton was arrested in Los Angeles Aug. 30, when FBI agents and members of the Los Angeles Police Department joint fugitive task squad intercepted the former first-round draft pick after he had checked in to board a Delta Air Lines flight to Atlanta.
Police say on the night of the shooting, Jones, a mother of four, was walking near her Macon Drive home in southwest Atlanta with a group of people that included a male teenager who Crittenton believed had robbed him of a diamond watch, diamond necklace and an iPhone, valued at more than $55,000, in April.
Critttenton was identified by one witness who said he saw a black Chevy Tahoe drive by, then double back and stop. A man rolled down the rear driver’s side window and fired four times from a semi-automatic rifle.
A second witness, also reported seeing a black Tahoe the night of the shooting, before going inside his home, then hearing four gunshots outside.
Both men said they had previously seen Crittenton in their neighborhood, apparently looking for the culprit of the April robbery. Investigators were able to track down a Tahoe matching their description that Crittenton had rented during the time of the shooting.
Crittenton’s attorney said there is no physical evidence, no gun, no confession.
Crittenton has had previous run-ins with the law, pleading guilty in January 2010 to a misdemeanor gun possession charge following a locker room altercation with teammate Gilbert Arenas. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard, out of the NBA since 2010, received a year of probation and was also suspended by the NBA for the rest of the 2010-11 season.
The trial begins Oct. 25.
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