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Ex-NBA player Javaris Crittenton to face murder charges in Atlanta

Ex-NBA player Javaris Crittenton set for court appearance on murder charge
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(CBS/AP) ATLANTA - Former Washington Wizards basketball player Javaris Crittenton will be returned to Atlanta from Los Angeles on Thursday to face a murder charge, police say.

Atlanta police Sgt. Curtis Davenport says Crittenton will be brought back to Georgia by the department's fugitive unit, and will be held at the Fulton County Jail once he arrives in Atlanta.

Crittenton is being returned to face the charge in the death of 22-year-old Julian Jones, a mother of four who was hit by gunfire Aug. 19 during a drive-by shooting, authorities say. Police said the shots were aimed at someone walking with her. Crittenton denies involvement.

Crittenton was detained at a southern California airport two weeks ago when he was about to board a flight to Atlanta.

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 plead 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.

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