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FBI Think Former Lakers Player Wanted for Murder is in California

Crittenton (Courtesy FBI)
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Authorities are on the hunt for former Los Angeles Lakers player Javaris Crittenton, and believe he is responsible for the fatal shooting of a mother of four in Atlanta this month.The shooting is perhaps a case of mistaken identity, says the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The victim of an April jewelry robbery, Crittenton may have thought Jones was the thief, and shot at her from inside his vehicle as she was walking on her street.

"Witnesses in the matter stated that a dark colored SUV vehicle drove by the location firing an assault-type rifle," explain the FBI via a press release.

"Jones was outside talking to neighbors and had just put the kids to bed," Jones' longtime boyfriend, Harel Butler, told the AJC. In a tragic sidenote, Butler confesses he had been planning to propose to Jones that night.

The FBI are now searching for Crittenton, and suspect he may be in California. "Investigators learned that on August 24th, Crittenton purchased and traveled on a one way airline ticket to Los Angeles," add the FBI.

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"Crittenton was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft and was traded his rookie year to the Memphis Grizzlies." He most recently was with the NBA Development League's Dakota Wizards.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Crittenton should contact their local law enforcement agency, the Atlanta FBI Office, tel. (404) 679-9000, or the Los Angeles FBI Office, tel. (310) 477-6565.

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