Former NBA Guard Javaris Crittenton Indicted on Murder Charges

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 31:  Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Javaris Crittenton (R) appears in Los Angeles Superior Court for an extradition hearing with his attorney Brian Steel August 31, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The hearing wasin connection with a warrant from Atlanta charging him with murdering a 22-year-old woman. (Photo by Al Seib-Pool/Getty Images)
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Former NBA first-round pick Javaris Crittenton was indicted on murder charges by a grand jury on Tuesday, according to a report from WSB-TV in Atlanta's Twitter feed:

Crittenton was first charged with the murder of Jullian Jones in August 2011. He was charged with 12 different counts in the case and freed on $230,000 bond that September. Crittenton will now have to turn himself in after nearly a year and a half as a free man. 

Allegedly the victim of a robbery, police believe Crittenton went to exact revenge on the gang members who took jewelry and other belongings from him. Though she was not considered a target, Crittenton allegedly opened fire in the room and killed Jones, who was just 22 at the time of her death. 

Crittenton is also believed to have joined the Mansfield Crips, a notoriously violent gang, during his time with the Los Angeles Lakers, per WSB-TV.

The 25-year-old Crittenton was drafted in the first round by the Lakers in 2007. He went on to play just two NBA seasons, first being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies midway through his rookie year before finishing up with the Washington Wizards in 2008-09. 

During that 2008-09 season, the first sign of Crittenton's questionable off-the-court behavior surfaced. He and teammate Gilbert Arenas reportedly drew guns on one another in a gambling dispute and were subsequently suspended by the NBA for the remainder of the season.

Crittenton has yet to step on an NBA floor since. He played in China in 2010 and for the NBA's Developmental League in 2011, but has not played organized basketball while these charges lingered.

With Tuesday's indictment expediting nearly a two-year process, Crittenton's NBA future is likely the least of his worries going forward.