Ex-Alabama Forward Allegedly Provided Gun in Murder


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Former Alabama basketball player Darius Miles was not the suspect that allegedly shot and killed 23-year-old Jamea Jonae Harris, but he did provide the firearm used in the fatal shooting, according to court documents.

Separate warrants for the arrests of Miles, 21, and Michael Lynn Davis, 20, indicate that a single gunshot killed Harris and that Miles admitted to providing Davis with a handgun immediately before the shooting.

Witness testimony allegedly identified Davis as firing the shot that killed Harris but Miles “intentionally caused” her death by “aiding and abetting by providing a firearm,” the documents obtained by AL.com read.

Both Miles and Harris were charged with capital murder and jailed without bond after the shooting, which took place near the University of Alabama’s campus in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The charge included the capital designation because the victim was in a vehicle.

Tuscaloosa Police Capt. Jack Kennedy said the driver of another vehicle, in which Harris was a passenger, approached campus police near Bryant-Denny stadium at around 1:45 a.m., saying that someone had shot into the vehicle.

Harris, who has a five-year-old son, was pronounced dead in the vehicle.

The unidentified driver told police he had returned gunfire and believed he had injured his assailant.

One of the suspects was wounded and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, but police did not specify which suspect was injured.

It is unclear how many gunshots were fired into the car and how many were fired back; however, the Tuscaloosa News has authenticated a social media video that captures audio of at least 11 gunshots.

The suspects became of interest to police after processing the crime scene, talking to witnesses, and seeing security video footage of the suspects having a minor argument with the victim earlier in the night, per the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit.

Miles was immediately dismissed from the men’s basketball team after it was revealed he was allegedly involved in the shooting. He had been ruled out for the rest of the season earlier Saturday with an ankle injury.

No.4 Alabama traveled to Nashville to play Vanderbilt on Tuesday night, winning 78-66.

Crimson Tide head coach Nate Oats said he reached out to Ray Lewis for advice on helping his team play two days after the shooting. Oats prayed with his players and shared a Bible verse suggested by the Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker, whose daughter attended Alabama recently.

No Alabama players were available to the media after the game, and Oats said he did not see much emotion before tipoff.

“I did see some guys break down postgame,” Oats said. “I think they’ve been bottling some stuff up. We’ve got a job to do. We’ve got to get to the game. We got to the game and took care of business, and then it’s almost like a big relief. The game’s over, and we can let out a sigh of relief.”

Miles’ attorneys, William White, Clayton Tartt, and Suzanne Norman from the Birmingham-based Boles Holmes White law firm, released a statement on Monday saying Miles is innocent.

They added that Miles and his family “are heartbroken” over Harris’ death.

“While Darius has been accused of being involved with this tragedy, he maintains his innocence and looks forward to his day in court,” the attorneys said. “Our firm’s own investigation is ongoing, and no further statement will be made at this time.”

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pat dempsey
pat dempsey
8 days ago

Strange the Alabama coach didn’t say anything about how tragic this was and we should pray for the families impacted. More worried about “We’ve got a job to do. We’ve got to get to the game. We got to the game and took care of business, and then it’s almost like a big relief. The game’s over, and we can let out a sigh of relief.” Oh Hum, another murder! Really, let out a sigh of relief they got the game in, while there are families torn apart and grieving due to this killing.

8 days ago

Evidently the University, President, Dean,Athletic Director, and Alumni
don’t have an issue with the Coach statement,that was a black murdered you know.