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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton was in police custody after being arrested at a Southern California airport to board a flight to Atlanta, where his lawyer said he would go to surrender in a murder case.
Crittenton, who was suspended from the league for having guns in a locker room with teammate Gilbert Arenas, was arrested Monday evening at John Wayne Airport in Orange County after checking in for a redeye Delta Air Lines flight, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. She said he was with a male companion who was not arrested.
Crittenton was taken to a Los Angeles police station where he was booked on suspicion of being a fugitive from justice. He will be held pending a possible court appearance in state court Wednesday before being taken to Atlanta.
Atlanta Police spokeswoman Kim Jones said Tuesday the timetable for Crittenton’s return depends on whether he waives extradition.
Crittenton, 23, was wanted on a federal arrest warrant after the FBI learned that he traveled on a one-way ticket to Los Angeles, where he was known to have family and friends, several days after a deadly Aug. 19 shooting.
Crittenton’s attorney said Monday that his client planned to surrender. He said he was in contact with Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard and the FBI Fugitive Task Force to make arrangements for Crittenton’s arrest.
“He offered to turn himself in,” lawyer Brian Steel said. “He’s not guilty. We look forward to getting it to the courts.”
Eimiller said she wasn’t aware of any negotiation for Crittenton to surrender.
Police in Atlanta had obtained a murder warrant for Crittenton in the Aug. 19 shooting of 22-year-old Jullian Jones, a mother of four young children, as she was walking with two men. Police believe one of the men with her was the target.
Police spokesman Carlos Campos had said the motive appears to be retaliation for a robbery in April, in which Crittenton was a victim.