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June 12, 2013

$250K bond set for ex-NBA star Blaylock in crash

JONESBORO, Ga. — A Georgia judge set bond Tuesday at $250,000 for an ex-NBA player accused in a fatal car crash in suburban Atlanta.

Authorities said Daron “Mookie” Blaylock appeared in Clayton County Court on charges of vehicular homicide, driving on a suspended license, making an improper lane change and crossing the median in the head-on crash from May 31 in Jonesboro. The crash on Tara Boulevard killed Monica Murphy, 43, and left her husband injured.

Judge Daphne Walker said she set bond for Blaylock, 46, based on charges associated with six previous DUI arrests.  

“When a person gets over two to three DUIs, that’s something I’m concerned about. Because I believe that DUIs are vehicular homicides that didn’t occur,” she said.   

Police have said at the time of the crash, Blaylock was wanted in Spalding County for failing to appear in court on a DUI charge.

Blaylock’s attorney, Don Samuel, has said his client blacked out just before the crash. Police say drugs and alcohol didn’t appear to be factors.

Samuel asked Walker to consider setting bond at $50,000 and said Blaylock isn’t a flight risk. Blaylock, wearing an orange jail uniform, sat in a wheelchair during the hearing and had a large bandage over his forehead.

Walker ordered Blaylock to surrender his passport as a bond condition and serve time on house arrest. He’ll be allowed to leave home for church, court appearances and appointments with doctors and lawyers.

Blaylock is also ordered to submit to random drug and alcohol testing.

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