The “Atlanta Constitution-Journal” has reported that former Washington Wizards guard Javaris Crittenton was taken into custody Monday night while trying to board a plane at John Wayne Airport, in Southern California. The 23-year-old former NBA player was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution in connection with the murder of 22-year-old Jullian Jones, who was shot on the streets of Atlanta on August 19. Atlanta police believe that Crittenton was involved in the shooting of the mother of four children, and theorize that one of the men she was walking with was the true target of the assailant’s bullets. Police officials say the bullets were fired out of a dark-colored SUV that drove past the victim and the men she was walking with.
Police believe that Crittenton identified one of the men with MS. Jones, as the man who robbed him in Atlanta last April. The former Georgia Tech player’s attorney Brian Steel told the paper that his client did nothing wrong. Steel told reporters “Mr. Crittenton wants to clear his name. He’s innocent of the charges.”
The former Wizards guard will be held Monday night in police custody, and is expected to be sent to Atlanta to face the charge of murder. According to the report, he bought a one-way ticket from Atlanta to Los Angeles last Wednesday night.