Javaris Crittenton Charged With Murder, Gang Activity

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Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton was indicted Tuesday on charges of murder and gang activity. He and his cousin were charged in a 12-count indictment.

The Fulton County D.A. said Crittenton, 25, and Douglas Gamble are charged with the death of an Atlanta woman and the attempted murder of another man.

Javaris Crittenton Mugshot

Julian Jones was shot and killed in Atlanta while walking with a group of people in 2011. Authorities say that incident and a second shooting were gang-related.

Officials say the shootings may have been retaliation after Javaris Crittenton was the victim of a robbery in which $50,000 worth of jewelry was stolen.

Crittenton, a former Georgia Tech guard, was drafted by the Lakers in 2007 and has also played for the Washington Wizards and Memphis Grizzlies.

He is best known, of course, for being suspended for 38 games during the 2009-10 season for pulling a gun on Gilbert Arenas in the Wizards' locker room.

While nursing an injury, Crittenton and Arenas apparently were involved in some sort of gambling dispute stemming from a card game on a team flight.

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.

The rest, as they say, is gang-related history, although Crittenton's attorney, Brian Steel, maintains that his client is not guilty in the 2011 shooting:

"Mr. Crittenton and I are looking forward to proceeding to a jury trial, where the jury will be able to hear and see all of the evidence in this case."

He predicted "a lawful, just, and proper verdict of not guilty."

A trial date has not been set.