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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

JULIAN JONES MURDER CASE: Javaris Crittenton at California airport!!

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By Christian Boone, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution / 11:49 p.m. Monday, August 29, 2011.

Julian Jones, a 22-year old mother of four, was killed in a drive-by shooting on Aug. 19. A murder warrant in the slaying has been issued for former Georgia Tech basketball player Javaris Crittenton.

The FBI said former Georgia Tech basketball star Javaris Crittenton was arrested at a Southern California airport Monday night and will face a murder charge in an Atlanta shooting.

He was taken into custody at John Wayne Airport after checking in for a Delta Air Lines flight to Atlanta, the FBI said. He was arrested without incident and will be held overnight in police custody, authorities said.

Crittenton's lawyer said his client had agreed to surrender to local authorities who've charged him in the shooting death of a 22-year-old mother of four.

Crittenton was scheduled to be on a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta, said attorney Brian Steel, retained by family members earlier Monday.

"Mr. Crittenton wants to clear his name," Steel told the AJC. "He's innocent of the charges."

The FBI 's Atlanta office on Monday obtained a federal arrest warrant for Crittenton, charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. He's wanted in Atlanta for the Aug. 19 shooting of 22-year-old Julian Jones, hit by bullets apparently intended for someone known by the mother of four, APD Maj. Keith Meadows said.

Jones was walking with a group that included, according to police, the man Crittenton believed had robbed him of jewelry 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.

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