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Former Laker Javaris Crittenton suspected of murder

Javaris Crittenton Police are seeking former Laker Javaris Crittenton, who was charged with murder in connection with the killing of a 23-year-old woman, according to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Atlanta police said they think Crittenton is in Los Angeles nearly one week after the slaying. Authorities have accused Crittenton of firing shots from a black Chevrolet Tahoe that struck Jullian Jones, a mother of four who reportedly was struck in the hip and died during surgery.

Police said they did not think Jones was the intended target.

Crittenton played a limited role with the Lakers after they selected him with the 19th pick in the 2007 NBA draft, appearing in 22 games and averaging 3.3 points per game. But he was part of a seven-player with the Memphis Grizzlies that sent Pau Gasol to the Lakers.

Crittenton pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation on a misdemeanor gun possession charge stemming from his confrontation with teammate Gilbert Arenas in the Washington Wizards locker room in 2009. Both players were fined and suspended by the NBA for the rest of the season.

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-- Mark Medina
E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

 
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