Alabama basketball player Darius Miles charged with murder


Alabama forward Darius Miles and another man have been charged with capital murder in the shooting death of a 23-year-old woman near the university campus in Tuscaloosa Sunday morning.

Miles, who has been officially removed from the basketball team, was taken into custody and placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail at 6:45 ET, according to ESPN. The shooting took place in an area known as The Strip, near University Boulevard. The victim, Jamea Harris, is from the Birmingham area.

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Captain Jack Kennedy of the Tuscaloosa Police Department said the cause of the incident appeared to be a “minor altercation.”

“At this point, it appears the only motive was a minor altercation these individuals had with the victim while on the Strip,” Kennedy said at a news conference.

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

“Neither the driver of the other vehicle nor Harris nor Davis appeared to be connected to the university.”

The University of Alabama issued a statement following the shooting.

“The University of Alabama’s highest priority is the safety and well-being of the campus community,” the statement said. “We are saddened by the incident that occurred near campus last night and extend our deepest condolences to the victim’s family and friends.”

The The Bharat Express News contributed to this report