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Former Laker Crittenton waives 1st court appearance

Former Lakers player Javaris Crittenton is accused of killing Julian Jones, a 22-year-old mother of four, during a drive-by shooting in Atlanta.

September 16, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Former Los Angeles Lakers Guard Javaris Crittenton waived his first court appearance on Friday on murder charges.

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.

Crittenton is accused of killing Julian Jones, a 22-year-old mother of four, during a drive-by shooting in Atlanta last month. Investigators say she was not the intended target.

Crittenton denies any involvement in the shooting.

He was arrested at John Wayne Airport in Orange County and returned to Atlanta last week.

His next hearing is set for Sept. 30.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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