CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - Clayton County's district attorney says “celebrity” won't play a part in her efforts for justice. Former Atlanta Hawks player Mookie Blaylock was accused in a deadly crash that killed a mother of five.
Blaylock was indicted on 14 counts, including two counts of felony homicide by vehicle.
Blaylock faces years in prison after a grand jury indicted him on 14 counts in connection with a crash that took a mother of five away from her family in 2013.
“He caused an accident that ended the life of Monica Murphy and injured Frankie Murphy by breaking his ankle,” said Clayton County District Attorney Deah Warren.
Police said Blaylock left the northbound lanes of Tara Boulevard and went into the southbound lanes were he crashed into the Murphy's.
Officers said Blaylock's license was suspended and that wasn't the only reason he wasn't supposed to be behind the wheel.
“Prior to this incident he had received notice from a doctor that he was not to operate a motor vehicle,” Warren said.
The indictment indicates that's because of Blaylock's seizures. His attorney said he blacked out from a seizure that day.
Blaylock’s attorney, Don Samuel, said that no doctor told him not to get behind the wheel. He has previously said the incident was nothing more than an accident.
The former basketball player has had several arrests on DUI charges but has escaped serious prison time. Frankie Murphy has said that's because of Blaylock's celebrity status.
“I would like the citizens to realize that whether you're famous or not famous you're going to receive the same level of justice in this county,” said Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson.
Blaylock could face up to 33 years in prison, according to the district attorney.
Blaylock, a point guard, played 13 seasons in the NBA, including with the Hawks from 1992 to 1999. A two-time, first-team pick to the NBA’s All-Defensive team, Blaylock finished with career averages of 13.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 2.3 steals per game and appeared in the 1994 All-Star game.
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