Blaylock surrenders to police after release from hospital

By Kathy Jefcoats


JONESBORO — Former NBA player Daron "Mookie" Blaylock was released from Atlanta Medical Center Monday morning and surrendered to Jonesboro police on charges related to the death of a mother of five, said Chief Franklin Allen.

Blaylock, 46, is charged with vehicular homicide in the second degree, driving on the wrong side of the road, improper lane change, driving on a suspended license and crossing the median or gore. Monica Murphy, 40, the mother of five children ages 15-3, died May 31 after the car Blaylock was driving crossed the median on Tara Boulevard and crashed into the one occupied by Murphy and her husband, said Allen. Her husband, Frank Murphy, was also injured.

Allen said Blaylock arrived at the Jonesboro Police Department Monday morning with relatives to turn himself in. Allen said he was booked in and transported to the Clayton County Jail.

Relatives have reportedly told police that Blaylock has a history of blackouts or seizures but Allen said he has been unable to confirm a possible medical reason for the crash.

"They could be a factor, we can't rule anything out, but we don't know anything for sure because he won't talk to us," said Allen.

Blaylock was reportedly driving on a suspended license and had an outstanding warrant from Spalding County for failing to appear in court on DUI and drug charges at the time of the crash.

Allen said regardless of a medical condition, Blaylock shouldn't have been behind the wheel of a car.

"You come full circle in that he had a suspended license and shouldn't have been driving," he said.

Clayton County Solicitor General Tasha Mosley said last week she expects bond to either be "astronomical" or denied because of Blaylock's criminal background.

According to Clayton County court records, Blaylock is expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

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