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Former NBA player Crittenton arrested, faces murder charge

AP, SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA

Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton, who was suspended from the league for having guns in a locker room with Washington teammate Gilbert Arenas, was arrested on Monday in Southern California to face a murder charge in a deadly Atlanta shooting, an attorney said.

Crittenton was taken into custody on Monday night at John Wayne Airport in Orange County after checking in for a Delta Air Lines flight to Atlanta, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

Eimiller said he was arrested without incident by FBI agents with assistance from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities were trying to determine whether Crittenton would make an initial appearance in federal court, or be taken directly to Atlanta to face state charges there.

“He offered to turn himself in,” lawyer Brian Steel said earlier on Monday. “He’s not guilty. We look forward to getting it to the courts.”

Police earlier obtained a murder warrant for Crittenton in the Aug. 19 shooting of 22-year-old Jullian Jones, a mother of four young children. Police say Jones was walking with two men when she was shot and they believe one of the men with her was the target.

Police spokesman Carlos Campos on Friday said the motive appeared to be retaliation for a robbery in April, in which Crittenton was a victim.

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