According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, a Fulton County judge Tuesday found probable cause to charge former Georgia Tech basketball star, Javaris Crittenton, with murder in the drive-by shooting death of Julian Jones in southwest Atlanta (pictured at right).

Crittenton was taken into custody on August 30 by the FBI at LAX airport in Los Angeles as he prepared to board a flight to Atlanta to turn himself in.

A Fulton County Superior Court Judge granted Crittenton a $230,000 bond, requiring him to wear an ankle monitor until the case is tried on October 25th, according to the AJC.

“I guess the judge made the decision that he’s not a danger to the community, which is odd, given the charges,” said Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter. “It's not unheard of, but it's rare.”

Porter noted that Crittenton fled Atlanta for LA once he learned he was wanted on murder charges.

But Crittenton's college girlfriend, Mia Fields, who moved out to LA with him when he was drafted by the Lakers, told the judge that Crittenton wasn't fleeing from the law. She said he was on his way to LA to celebrate her birthday.

“He was with me the entire time,” she testified. “He was paralyzed in fear. He was trying to find a lawyer to prove his innocence.”

Crittenton’s attorney, Brian Steel presented the judge with a petition containing 1,000 signatures, and dozens of family and friends showed up in court to support Crittenton. Among them were his 7th grade teacher and former Georgia Tech basketball coach Paul Hewitt.

Hewitt said he spoke with Crittenton by phone on the afternoon of Aug. 19, hours before Jones was shot.

He said Crittenton's attitude was not that of someone contemplating murder. “He was very upbeat.”

But two witnesses placed Crittenton at the scene of the shooting. And a rented black Chevy Tahoe truck that was involved in the shooting was later traced back to Crittenton.

One of the witnesses, a male teenager named Trontavious Stevens, was walking with Jones at the time of the shooting. Police believe Crittenton was gunning for Stevens whom he suspected had robbed him of a diamond watch, diamond necklace and an iPhone, valued at more than $55,000, in April.

“He got a good, clear look at him,” Atlanta police homicide Detective James Thorpe Jr. said of Stevens.

Thorpe testified that Ms. Jones, a mother of four, was struck by two of four high-caliber bullets fired from an assault rifle, similar to an AK 47. One bullet grazed her upper right thigh. The other bullet shattered her pelvic bone, tearing though her femoral artery. She died following surgery.

Thorpe testified that Stevens told police he saw a black Chevy Tahoe drive by, then double back and stop. A man rolled down the rear driver’s side window and fired four times from a semi-automatic rifle.

Another witness also testified that he saw the black Chevy Tahoe on the street that night. Both men said they had previously seen Crittenton prowling their neighborhood, apparently looking for Stevens.

Crittenton is no stranger to the law. The 6-5 shooting guard pleaded guilty in January 2010 to a misdemeanor gun possession charge following a locker room altercation with teammate Gilbert Arenas.

An elementary school friend of Crittenton testified that Javaris "felt threatened" by Arenas and he took action to defend himself.

Thorpe alluded to the fact that Crittention had a habit of taking the law into his own hands.

Thorpe said during the investigation into the theft of Crittenton's jewels, he told a detective, "I’ll just handle this myself.”

The detective noted Crittenton's statement in the robbery report.

The prosecution painted Crittenton as a loose canon who might do harm to the state's two witnesses. “The state’s evidence will show that this is about revenge,” said Assistant Fulton County District Attorney Jack Barrs. “There are at least two people to whom he does pose a significant risk.”

As of Tuesday night, Crittenton still hadn't posted bond.

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  • Shereezy

    :waves:

    Mornin all...

    sounds like he may go down for this unless he is proven innocent. RIP to the girl who lost her life for such senseless chit!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuACz0pKCmE&ob=av2e ELove

    Will THIS be a Ray Lewis or Rae Carruth VERDICT :think:

    @Shereezy
    Totally AGREE !!! :yes:

  • http://twitter.com/_Tainted_Love Tainted_Love

    :waves:
    R.I.P to the girl...I don't know too much about the case but its a lose lose situation for both families. Hopefully the truth will come out and the right decision will be made.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rgLxBIQbsQ lipstickbandit

    Sad. You're a bball player for a good school. Why ruin your future? Foolishness.

  • Shereezy

    Im wondering with all the money he made why would he trip off of $55K in Jewlery being stolen?? Havent these "Ballers" heard of insurance?? :mad:

  • lovezoe

    The same reason why T.O. crying on his show about being broke. I hope they have more witnesses than the person that allegedly stole from him. If he didn't do it himself, maybe he had one of his goons do it.

  • Bootcampgirl

    $230,000 bond<----that right there is absurd. He is charged with murder allowed to receive bond, posted said bond and is out awaiting trial on the charge of murder :blink:

  • CookieMonsterZ

    Athletes make a wide range of money within the same sport. So unless he is a franchise player or a veteran, he will end up broke trying to live the same lifestyle as the higher paid teammates. Most of these guys are not smart with their money and don't know how to save-- or insure. A lot of athletes live from check-to-check; even though they are significantly larger than what 9-5'ers make.

  • http://www.twitter.com/cocoabana Cocoabana

    Crittenton committing this crime does not seem far fetched considering his history with weapons. Hopefully enough evidence is presented to either prove him guilty or innocent.

  • MsOnederful

    I hate to say this, but if said girl that was shot and killed happened to be a white female. Bond would not be an option at all in this. Georgia is really a weird state when it comes to situations like this. GA kills Troy even with a doubt of guilt. Then they release a man on bond who allegedly shoots a black girl. GA is basically saying to the system let him out to take care of some more black people. These are only the views of me: MSONEDERFUL. Its SAD.

  • pointhimout

    i love when people get an opportunity to change their lives and they just blow on dumb schit. then again, he's on the special needs league team, he has plenty of time on his hands.

  • HouStar

    In Houston his bond would only be $50k - $100k... At least they are holding him to a higher standard than that...smh

  • http://grammarminutes.webs.com Brownsugar1908

    Brian Steele is his attorney,so Jarvaris may win. Brian is one of the top attorneys in Atlanta