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Mookie Blaylock Jailed in Road Homicide After Hospital Release

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Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 02:11 PM

By Michael Mullins

Mookie Blaylock, the former NBA star point guard, has been charged with vehicular homicide after his SUV struck an oncoming van head on, killing 43-year-old Monica Murphy in Georgia on Friday.

The collision occurred at approximately 1 p.m on Tara Boulevard, 20 miles south of Atlanta, Ga.

According to Jonesboro Police Chief Franklin Allen, Blaylock's SUV crossed over the median before striking the oncoming van.

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It is not clear yet whether Blaylock was under the influence at the time of the crash, though he was driving with a suspended license and was wanted by law enforcement for failing to appear in court on a DUI charge, The Associated Press reported.

Murphy, 43, was a passenger in the van which was being driven by her husband, who after being admitted to a local hospital has since been treated and released, ESPN reported.

Murphy reportedly succumbed to her injuries several hours after the collision.
Blaylock was initially listed as being in critical condition and was put on life support when admitted to the hospital. His condition, however, was upgraded to fair condition by Monday.

After his release from the hospital, the 46-year-old Blaylock was subsequently sent to jail, according to the AP, and has since hired attorney's Ed Garland and Don Samuel to defend him.

The preeminent Atlanta Defense attorneys are known for representing several professional athletes in trouble with the law including Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, former WNBA player Chamique Holdsclaw, and former Atlanta Thrasher Dany Heatley, USA Today notes.

The attorneys are most known for having successfully gotten murder charges dropped against former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.

Lewis was indicted for murder following a Super Bowl fight in Atlanta, Georgia in January of 2000 that resulted in the stabbing deaths of two individuals.

Lewis' attorneys were able to get the murder charges against him dismissed in exchange for his testimony against other individuals in the altercation. He later pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice and settled with the victim's families out of court fearing a civil suit.

In addition to the vehicular homicide charge, Blaylock is also being charged with driving on a suspended license and failure to maintain his lane, the AP reports.

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Blaylock was a first-round draft pick by the New Jersey Nets 1989.

The guard went on to play for the Atlanta Hawks between 1992 and 1999 and later the Golden State Warriors from 1999 through 2002. In 1994, he played in the NBA All-Star Game.

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