Alabama forward Miles charged with murder

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Alabama men’s basketball player Darius Miles and another man have been charged with capital murder in connection with an early-morning shooting near campus that killed a 23-year-old woman.

Tuscaloosa Police Capt. Jack Kennedy said that the shooting occurred early Sunday morning in the Strip off University Blvd. near campus. He said Jamea Harris of the Birmingham area was shot and killed.

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

“At this time, it appears that the only motive was a minor altercation that these individuals had with the victim as they were out on The Strip,” Kennedy said in a news conference Sunday evening.

He said the driver of another vehicle, in which Harris was a passenger, approached campus police near Bryant-Denny Stadium at about 1:45 a.m. saying that someone had shot into the vehicle, and he fired back. One of the suspects was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a local hospital.

On Saturday, Alabama had announced before its game against LSU that Miles would miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury. In a statement Sunday, the school said Miles “is no longer a member of the Alabama men’s basketball team.”

“First and foremost, we extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the victim from last night’s incident,” the statement from Alabama Athletics read. “We were made aware of the recent charge against student-athlete Darius Miles, and he is no longer a member of the Alabama men’s basketball team. Athletics, in conjunction with the University, is fully cooperating with this investigation.”

Miles was booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail around 6:45 p.m. ET on Sunday, an official with the jail told ESPN.

In a video posted by AL.com, Miles can be seen being escorted by police into a vehicle. He appears to be crying as he says, “I swear … I love you more than you imagine.”

Miles had participated in six games this season. The last time he played for the Crimson Tide, on Dec. 20, 2022, he scored two points in Alabama’s 84-64 win over Jackson State.

His bio no longer appears on the athletic department website.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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