University of Alabama basketball player charged with murder


Alabama forward Darius Miles looks for a pass March 5 in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Alabama forward Darius Miles looks for a pass March 5 in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Gerald Herbert/AP

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. –Alabama basketball player Darius Miles and another man have been charged with capital murder after a fatal shooting near campus.

Tuscaloosa Police Capt. Jack Kennedy said the shooting happened early Sunday morning on the Strip near University Blvd. near campus. He said Jamea Harris, 23, from the Birmingham area, was shot and killed.

Miles, 21, a junior reserve forward from Washington, DC, and Michael Lynn Davis, 20, from Charles County, Maryland, have both been charged with capital murder. The capital murder charge arose because the death involved shots being fired into a vehicle, Kennedy said.

“At this time, it appears the only motive was a minor altercation these individuals had with the victim while on the Strip,” Kennedy said at a Sunday night news conference. They had not had a prior relationship, he said.

He said the driver of another vehicle, in which Harris was a passenger, approached campus police near Bryant-Denny Stadium around 1:45 a.m., saying someone had fired into the vehicle, and he retaliated. One of the suspects was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a local hospital, and Kennedy declined to disclose who fired or who was injured.

An emotional Miles spoke to someone as he was ushered into a law enforcement vehicle: “I swear I love you more than you can imagine.”

Miles was a reserve on the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide team. Alabama announced before Saturday’s game against LSU that he was out for the season with an ankle injury. His biography was removed from the athletic department website and the university said he “was removed from campus” and was no longer on the team.

“The University of Alabama’s top priority is the safety and well-being of the campus community,” a university statement read. “We are saddened by the incident that took place near campus last night and send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim.”

Neither the driver of the other vehicle nor Harris nor Davis appeared to be affiliated with the university, Kennedy said.

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