TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama basketball player Darius Miles and another man have been charged with capital murder after a deadly shooting near campus.
Tuscaloosa Police Captain Jack Kennedy said the shooting took place early Sunday morning on the strip off University Blvd. close to campus. He said Jamea Harris, 23, of the Birmingham area, was shot.
Miles, 21, a Washington, DC junior reserve forward, and Michael Lynn Davis, 20, of Charles County, Maryland, have both been charged with capital murder. The capital murder charge arose because the death involved shooting in a vehicle, Kennedy said.
“At this point, the only motive appears to be a minor altercation that these individuals had with the victim while they were out on the Strip,” Kennedy said in a news conference Sunday night. They had no previous relationship, he said.
He 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. and said someone fired into the vehicle and he fired back. One of the suspects was being treated at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, and Kennedy declined to disclose who fired the gun or who was injured.
An emotional Miles spoke to someone as he was ushered into a police vehicle: “I swear I love you more than you can imagine.”
Miles was a reserve on the fourth-place Crimson Tide team. Alabama announced before Saturday’s game against LSU that he was out for the season with an ankle injury. His bio was removed from the athletic department’s website and the university said he was “removed from campus” and is no longer on the team.
“The University of Alabama’s top priority is the safety and well-being of the campus community,” the university said in a statement. “We are saddened by the incident that took place near campus last night and offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim.”
Neither the driver of the other vehicle, nor Harris or Davis, appeared connected to the university, Kennedy said.