Detective: Witness ID'd ex-NBA player as gunman
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
ATLANTA (AP) -- An Atlanta police detective said at a court hearing that an ex-NBA player was charged with murder in a drive-by shooting after a witness identified him in a photo lineup.
Detective James Thorpe testified Tuesday that police charged Javaris (jah-VAHR'-ihs) Crittenton with the August shooting of Julian Jones after the man she was with said he had a "good, clear look" at the gunman.
Thorpe said the witness then picked Crittenton out of a photo lineup and that a neighbor also identified him as the shooter.
Defense attorney Brian Steel said his client is not guilty and the charges are based on faulty eyewitness testimony.
Police have said the shots were aimed at someone walking with Jones.
Crittenton, a former Georgia Tech star, played for the Washington Wizards.