Alabama basketball player Darius Miles arrested for capital murder

Alabama men’s basketball player Darius Miles was charged with capital murder.

Miles, a junior, was one of two men charged in a fatal shooting that took place early Sunday morning on The Strip in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Tuscaloosa police and the University of Alabama police responded to reports of a shooting on University Boulevard at 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning. At 11:30 a.m., the victim, a 23-year-old woman, reportedly died Captain Jack Kennedy.

Both miles and Michael Lynn Davis of Maryland were charged with the murder of Jamea Jonae Harris of Birmingham. Neither Davis nor Harris were affiliated with the University of Alabama.

Harris was shot in a vehicle in the Grace Street and University Boulevard area, Kennedy said, and officers in a nearby UAPD police car rushed over to assist the victim. The driver, who has not been identified, told police the vehicle Harris was in was hit by gunfire. The driver said he returned fire in self-defense and may have hit one of the suspects.

Miles had not seen the court since the game at Jackson State on Tuesday, December 20. Alabama head coach Nate Oats previously said the forward was out due to a personal matter.

But on Saturday, before the Crimson Tide vs. LSU game, the Crimson Tide announced that Miles would be there was sidelined for the remainder of the season with an ankle injury sustained at preseason camp. He saw limited action in six competitions before being closed for the season.

Miles has been removed from the list. UA Athletics later released the following statement:

“First and foremost, we extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the victim of last night’s incident. We have been made aware of the recent indictment against gym student Darius Miles and he is no longer a member of the Alabama men’s basketball team. Athletics, in collaboration with the university, is fully cooperating with this investigation.”

Oats will speak to reporters on Monday, January 16 at 12:30 pm CT and discuss the arrest.

*** This story will be updated.

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