Ex-NBA player Crittenton faces murder in charge

September 16, 2011 - 1:10 PM
Crittenton Murder Charge

This photo provided by the Fulton County (Ga.) Sheriff's Office shows Javaris Crittenton. Former Washington Wizards guard Javaris Crittenton has been returned to Atlanta to face a murder charge in the shooting death of a woman, police said, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011. Crittenton was charged in the death of 22-year-old Julian Jones, a mother of four who was hit by gunfire during a drive-by shooting, police said. (AP Photo/Fulton County (Ga.) Sheriff's Office)

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Washington Wizards guard Javaris Crittenton has waived his right to an initial court hearing on a murder charge.

Defense attorney Brian Steel told a Fulton County magistrate on Friday that the 23-year-old Crittenton had decided to forgo his right and did not attend the session. His next hearing is set for Sept. 30.

Police have charged Crittenton with killing 22-year-old Julian Jones, a mother of four, during a drive-by shooting. Investigators say the shots were meant for someone who was walking with her.

Crittenton has denied any involvement in the killing. He was arrested in California and returned to Atlanta this week.

Crittenton pleaded guilty to a gun charge after a locker room altercation with Wizards teammate Gilbert Arenas last year. He served a year of unsupervised probation.