Ex-Alabama basketball player Darius Miles charged with capital murder ‘maintains innocence’, say lawyers

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Darius Miles, a former Alabama basketball player charged with capital murder in the early Sunday morning shooting death of a 23-year-old woman, “maintains his innocence” and is “heartbroken” for the victim’s family, his lawyers said in a statement.

Miles and another man were charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Jamea Jonae Harris in Tuscaloosa near Bryant-Denny Stadium. His lawyers issued a statement on the matter late Sunday night.

“Darius Miles and his family are heartbroken tonight over the death of Jamea Jonae Harris,” attorney William C. White II said in a statement to TBEN News Digital. “Although Darius is accused of being involved in this tragedy, he maintains his innocence and looks forward to his day in court. Our company’s own investigation is ongoing and no further statement will be made at this time. be passed.”

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Darius Miles of the Alabama Crimson Tide drives the ball against the LSU Tigers at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on March 5, 2022 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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Miles, 21, and Michael Lynn Davis, 20, were both charged with capital murder. The capital murder charge arose because the death involved gunfire in a vehicle, said Capt. Jack Kennedy of the Tuscaloosa Police Department.

“At this point, the only motive appears to be a minor altercation these individuals had with the victim while on The Strip,” he said.

Kennedy said the driver of another vehicle, in which Harris was a passenger, approached campus police near the football stadium at about 1:45 a.m. and said someone had fired into the vehicle and he fired back. One of the suspects was injured and his life is not in danger. Police would not say who was injured.

Miles was fired from the men’s basketball team after it was revealed he was allegedly involved in the shooting. Earlier Saturday, he was out for the rest of the season due to an ankle injury.

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“The University of Alabama’s highest priority is the safety and well-being of the campus community,” the school 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.”

“We are grateful for the prompt and thorough response from law enforcement and emergency response teams, and we will continue to fully support the ongoing investigation. We were made aware of the recent indictment against student-athlete Darius Miles; he has been removed from campus and is no longer a member of the Alabama men’s basketball team.”

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According to AL.com, he appeared to be crying and talking to someone outside the Tuscaloosa County Jail.

“I love you,” you hear him say. “I love you more than you can imagine.”

Darius Miles of Alabama appears to pass against LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana March 5, 2022.

Darius Miles of Alabama appears to pass against LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana March 5, 2022.
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Miles was with the team for Alabama’s 106-66 victory over LSU earlier Saturday.

The The Bharat Express News contributed to this report.

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