Javaris Crittenton Will Return To Atlanta Thursday To Face Murder Charges
“Javaris Crittenton will be coming back tomorrow, transported by the APD’s Fugitive Unit,” said Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos, refusing to disclose specifics. The 23-year-old NBA journeyman will be held at Fulton County Jail.
Crittenton, who resides in Fayetteville, has been awaiting extradition since 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.
Attorney Brian Steel said at the time he had arranged with police to have his client turn himself in to Atlanta police. Steel had no comment when reached late Wednesday afternoon.
Crittenton was wanted in Atlanta for the Aug. 19 shooting of 22-year-old Julian Jones, hit by bullets apparently intended for someone she knew.
Jones was walking with a group that included a male teen Crittenton believed had robbed him of a diamond watch, diamond necklace and an iPhone, valued at more than $55,000, in April. Witnesses told police the shots were fired near Jones’ Macon Drive home in southwest Atlanta from a black Chevrolet Tahoe linked to the former prep standout.
“He’s innocent of the charges,” Steel said after Crittenton’s arrest.
It’ll be interesting to see how this trial plays out. Whether he did it or not doesn’t matter at this point. All that matters is justice being served for Julian Jones. We will continue to keep you updated on this story.