Fired Alabama basketball player Darius Miles provided the gun but did not pull the trigger in the fatal shooting of 23-year-old Jamea Harris, court documents say.
In an affidavit from Branden Culpepper of the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit, Culpepper told the Tuscaloosa County District Court that Miles admitted providing the gun to alleged shooter Michael Lynne Davis and that Davis killed Harris with a single shot met while sitting in the passenger seat of a car.
“Darius Miles admitted providing the pistol to Michael Davis immediately before the shooting,” a court document said.
Miles, 21, was arrested and charged with murder after Sunday’s shooting in a Tuscaloosa nightlife neighborhood called The Strip near the University of Alabama campus. The shooting happened around 1:45 a.m. Davis, 20, of Maryland, was also charged with capital murder. Both are held without bond.
According to the documents, the designation “capital” refers to the fact that the victim was killed in a vehicle. A capital murder charge carries the possibility of a death sentence in Alabama.
According to the court documents, witnesses identified Davis as the shooter and there is surveillance footage of the shooting. According to court records, a preliminary hearing has not yet been scheduled.
Video footage provided by AL.com shows Miles in the Tuscaloosa County jail after being arrested Sunday.
Miles maintained his innocence in a statement from his lawyers on Monday.
“Although Darius has been accused of involvement in this tragedy, he maintains his innocence and looks forward to his day in court,” attorneys William White, Clayton Tartt and Suzanne Norman said in a statement, according to the Associated Press. “Our company’s own investigation is ongoing and no further statement is being made at this time.”
Davis has not made a public statement. He is not affiliated with Alabama basketball.
Who is Darius Miles?
Miles was a junior reserve forward at Alabama. He came to Tuscaloosa in 2020 as a 3-star candidate. He played six games for fourth-seeded Crimson Tide this season, averaging 1.5 points and 1.5 rebounds. He averaged 5.8 points per game as a sophomore in 30 appearances, including three starts. He is not known to be related to former NBA player Darius Miles.
Alabama deleted Miles’ bio from the team’s website after his arrest. It released a statement on Sunday that it had been released from the program.
“We have been made aware of the recent indictment against student athlete Darius Miles: He was removed from campus and is no longer a member of the Alabama men’s basketball team.” is the statement.
Alabama coach speaking to victim’s family
Head coach Nate Oats told reporters Monday that the team is going through a grieving process.
“They didn’t have too many questions,” Oats said, according to the Associated Press. “It’s really more of a grieving process. I mean, they understand the seriousness of the situation with Jamea. They also understand the seriousness of the situation with Darius. There’s both sides of dealing with it.”
Harris leaves behind a five-year-old son. Her mother, DeCarla Cotton, told AL.com that she was visiting her cousin on campus before she was fatally shot.
“She was a beautiful young woman who loved her family and especially her 5-year-old son, Kaine,” Cotton said. “She was just trying to enjoy her weekend with her cousin, who is studying at the University of Alabama, and her boyfriend.”
Harris’ cousin Kennedi Henderson also spoke to AL.com
“She kept the cousins together and pushed us to be the best,” Henderson said. “She was honestly the best little cousin I could ask for. The family and I are just in disbelief that something like this happened to her. We are only asking for prayers at this time.”