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Ex-NBA player Javaris Crittenton arrested for murder

Ex-NBA player Javaris Crittenton arrested
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(CBS/AP) SANTA ANA, Calif. - Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton, who was suspended from the league for having a gun in the locker room along with Washington Wizards teammate Gilbert Arenas, was arrested Monday in a Southern California airport. He faces a murder charge in a deadly Atlanta shooting, an attorney said Monday.

Crittenton was taken into custody 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 are now trying to determine whether Crittenton will 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 told The Associated Press earlier Monday. "He's not guilty. We look forward to getting it to the courts."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported that Crittenton planned to surrender in Atlanta.

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 appears to be retaliation for a robbery in April in which Crittenton was the victim.