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Ex-NBA player Javaris Crittenton faces murder charge in Atlanta court Tuesday

Javaris Crittenton
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(CBS/AP) ATLANTA - Javaris Crittenton, a former Washington Wizards basketball player, is expected to appear in an Atlanta court Tuesday to face a murder charge.

The ex-NBA player is set for a court hearing today on murder charges connected with the death of 22-year-old Julian Jones, a mother of four, who was killed Aug. 19 during a drive-by shooting. Police have said the shots were aimed at someone walking with her.

Crittenton denies any involvement and his attorney said he will be exonerated.

This incident is not Crittenton's first issue with guns. He was with the Washington Wizards in December 2009 when he and teammate Gilbert Arenas had a dispute over a card game. Two days later, Arenas brought four guns to the locker room and set them in front of Crittenton's locker with a sign telling him to "PICK 1." Crittenton then took out his own gun.

Crittenton pleaded guilty in January 2010 to a misdemeanor gun charge and received a year of unsupervised probation. Arenas entered his guilty plea on Jan. 15, 2010. He served a short time in a halfway house.

Crittenton starred at Georgia Tech and then was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers as the 19th overall pick of the 2007 NBA draft.

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