Javaris Crittenton Charged With Murder, Released On $230,000 Bond

Javaris Crittenton was formally charged with the murder of Julian Jones, a mother of four, in a Fulton County (Ga.) courtroom Tuesday afternoon, but the former NBA player did regain his freedom until the case is tried in October after being released on a $230,000 bond. He is required to wear an ankle monitor, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Crittenton is accused of accidentally killing Jones, a mother of four, during a drive-by shooting on August. The intended target of the shooting, police allege, was a male teenager walking with Jones whom Crittenton believed had robbed him of jewelry worth $55,000. 

The prosecution wasn't pleased that Crittenton was granted bond. From 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."

Crittenton's lawyers arranged for dozens of supporters to attend the hearing asking for his bond, as well as a petition with more than 1,000 signatures and character witnesses that included Paul Hewitt, who coached Crittenton at Georgia Tech. 

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