Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton has been released from an Atlanta jail on bond while awaiting a murder trial for a drive-by shooting in August.
Fulton County Magistrate Judge Karen Woodson granted Crittenton a $230,000 bond on Tuesday after listening to hours of testimony from his friends and coaches. That Crittenton was allowed to make bond was a bit of surprise because he is considered a flight risk after leaving town with the police looking for him last month.
He was arrested at a California airport while attempting to board a flight to return to Atlanta and was later extradited back to Georgia. He had been in jail hoping he would be freed on bail.
Woodson did free Crittenton on one interesting condition Tuesday. She ordered that former Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt, and others who testified on Crittenton’s behalf, co-sign the bond.
But the former Washington Wizards player still has a long way to go. He claims he did not shoot the 22-year-old mother in retaliation for a robbery, as police have said. Police believe the shooting was payback for Crittenton being robbed, but that the wrong person was shot.
Crittenton has had trouble with guns before, having drawn weapons with former Wizards teammate Gilbert Arenas in an infamous locker room dispute.
Hewitt, who is now the head coach at George Mason, testified Crittenton called him hours before the August shooting and was upbeat. The coach doesn’t believe his former player would be involved in any violence.
But an Atlanta detective also testified Tuesday that witnesses at the shooting picked Crittenton out of a photo lineup. The detective said the witnesses had a “good, clear look” at the shooter.
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