Javaris Crittenton's home searched in Wizards gun case
D.C. and Arlington police searched the home of Washington Wizard Javaris Crittenton Thursday morning looking for a gun he reportedly used in a locker room confrontation with teammate Gilbert Arenas, according to court papers and sources familiar with the investigation.
Police did not find the gun at his Arlington home in the 7:15 a.m. search, Crittenton's lawyer and the court papers said.
Reached through e-mail, Crittenton's lawyer, Peter White, said he was not available to talk, but offered this statement:
"I can confirm that a search warrant was executed on Mr. Crittenton's apartment today, that Mr. Crittenton cooperated with the officers conducting the search, and that no evidence was found or seized by police."
The police affidavit in support of the warrant was sealed Wednesday by an Arlington judge at the request of investigators, said Theophani Stamos, Arlington's Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney.
In the meantime, my colleague Keith L. Alexander reports that plea negotiations between Arenas's attorneys and prosecutors were continuing Thursday morning. Some sort of resolution of Arenas's legal situation is likely to occur soon, Alexander reported.
According to the court papers, police were looking for a "silver/chrome-colored semiautomatic handgun with a black handle or similar/like artifact."
They also were looking for ammunition, holsters, and "any photographs, video footage, or other media depicting the subject posing with a firearm."
Guns belonging Crittenton and Arenas became an issue after the two got into an argument after a card game and Crittenton allegedly said he should shoot Arenas in his surgically repaired left knee, sources have said.
Days later, on Dec. 21, after a practice at Verizon Center, Arenas placed his guns on a chair next to Crittenton's locker with a note that said "pick one," the sources said.
Crittenton reacted by pulling out his own gun and chambering a round, the sources said.
Police are still looking for the gun Crittenton allegedly had.
A grand jury in D.C. Superior Court began hearing testimony in the case on Jan. 5.
This post has been updated since it was first published.
January 14, 2010; 2:13 PM ET
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