Dayum! Those NBA checks he’ll never see again must have paid for a hellified legal team.
Despite having left the state of Georgia and evaded one-time for two weeks after he is accused of having killed a mother of four in a drive-by shooting, Javaris Crittenton was released from an Atlanta-area jail last night after posting less than a quarter million dollars.
Fulton Sheriff’s spokesman Tracy Flanagan said Crittenton was released at 12:15 a.m. He will be required to wear an ankle monitor, Flanagan said.
In what at least one prosecutor considered an unusual move, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Karen Smith Woodson granted Crittenton a $230,000 bond until the case is tried in October.
The Associated Press reported that former Tech coach Paul Hewitt was one of several people who signed Crittenton’s bond.
Earlier Tuesday, Woodson ruled there is probable cause to charge Crittenton with murder.
“I guess the judge made the [bond] 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.”
During the bond hearing Tuesday, Crittenton’s attorney, Brian Steel called upon as many supporters as possible to win the one-time All-American bond, bringing a petition with more than 1,000 signers, dozens of people standing up for him inside and outside the courtroom and a host of character witnesses to testify to Crittenton’s virtues, including his childhood friend, his 7th grade teacher, his college sweetheart and Hewitt.
“He doesn’t accept anything but the best from himself,” Hewitt said from the witness stand. “He’s not a young man that needs basketball to be successful.”
Wait. This is the same guy who was bringing real fire arms to work for show and tell with Gilbert Arenas. What part of the best of himself was that?
So what exactly do authorities think motivated Crittenton to open fire on an Atlanta street?
On the night of the shooting, Jones, a mother of four, was walking near her Macon Drive home in southwest Atlanta. With her was a group that included a male teenager who police say Crittenton believed had robbed him of a diamond watch, diamond necklace and an iPhone, valued at more than $55,000, in April.
At the preliminary hearing Tuesday morning in Fulton County Superior Court, police said a witness picked Crittenton out of a photo lineup.
“He got a good, clear look at him,” Thorpe said of witness Trontavious Stevens, who was with Jones at the time of the shooting.
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.
A second witness, Willie Mahone, also reported seeing a black Tahoe the night of the shooting, before going inside his home, then hearing four gunshots outside.
Both men said they had previously seen Crittenton in their neighborhood, apparently looking for the culprit of the April robbery, Thorpe testified, and investigators were able to track down a Tahoe matching their description that Crittenton had rented during the time of the shooting.
But Steel challenged Thorpe’s testimony, questioning whether the evidence presented was enough to put Crittenton at the scene of the crime.
“This is a witness ID testimony,” Steel said. “There is no physical evidence. There is no gun. There is no confession.”
However, Judge Woodson rejected Steel’s request that all charges be dismissed on the ground that police had no physical evidence.
But the Judge still let dude out on bond after he allegedly killed a woman and fled the state?