In connection with an early morning shooting on campus that killed a 23-year-old woman, Alabama men’s basketball player Darius Miles and another man have been charged with capital murder.
Around 6:45 p.m. ET on Sunday, Miles was booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail, a jail representative told ESPN. Miles, a junior reserve forward from Washington, D.C., was no longer on the team, the institution announced in a statement on Sunday.
The incident happened early on Sunday morning, according to Tuscaloosa police Capt. Jack Kennedy, in the Strip off University Boulevard close to campus. He said that Birmingham resident Jamea Harris had been shot and murdered.
The charges against Miles, 21, and Michael Lynn Davis, 20, both of Charles County, Maryland, include capital murder. According to Kennedy, the death entailed rounds fired into a car, which gave rise to the capital murder charge.
“At this time, it appears that the only reason was a brief disagreement that these guys had with the victim as they were out on The Strip,” Kennedy said in a news conference Sunday evening. He said that they had never been in a relationship before.
He claimed that at around 1:45 a.m., the driver of a different vehicle, in which Harris was a passenger, approached campus police near Bryant-Denny Stadium and reported that someone had shot into it and he had responded by firing back. Kennedy refused to say who shot the gun or who was harmed, although one of the suspects was taken to a nearby hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Kennedy stated that neither the driver of the other car, Harris, nor Davis seemed to be connected to the institution.
Miles suffered an ankle injury on Saturday, and Alabama revealed before playing LSU that he would miss the remainder of the season. The athletic department’s website has taken down his biography, and the university has stated that he “has been removed from campus.”
The statement stated, “The safety and well-being of the campus community is the University of Alabama’s foremost priority. We express our sincere sympathies to the victim’s family and friends and express our sorrow over the incident that happened yesterday night close to campus.
An emotional Miles can be heard saying, “I swear… I love you more than you imagine,” to someone as he is being led into a police car in a video that was posted by AL.com.
This season, Miles had taken part in six games. He scored two points in Alabama’s 84-64 victory over Jackson State on Dec. 20 during his last game for the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide.
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