TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama basketball player Darius Miles and a second man have been charged with fatal murder following a fatal shooting near campus.
Authorities say the shooting happened early Sunday morning on the strip off University Boulevard near the Tuscaloosa campus.
Police say 23-year-old Jamea Harris, of the Birmingham area, was shot dead. Miles is a 21-year-old junior reserve forward from Washington, DC
Police say the second suspect, 20-year-old Michael Lynn Davis, is from Charles County, Maryland.
BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – MARCH 05: Darius Miles #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide drives the ball against the LSU Tigers during a game at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on March 05, 2022 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Gett
“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,” Tuscaloosa Police Captain Jack 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 alerted campus police near Bryant Denny Stadium around 1:45 a.m. and said that someone had 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.
Darius Miles (Tuscaloosa Police Department via FOX News)
Miles was released from the men’s basketball team after it was revealed he was allegedly involved in the shooting, FOX News says. Earlier on Saturday, he was ruled out for the remainder of the season due to an ankle injury, FOX News reported.
“The University of Alabama’s top priority is the safety and well-being of the campus community,” the university said in a statement, according to the Associated Press. “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.”
Darius Miles’ attorneys released the following statement Monday afternoon:
“Darius Miles and his family are heartbroken tonight at the death of Jamea Jonae Harris. Although Darius has been accused of involvement in this tragedy, he maintains his innocence and looks forward to his day in court no further explanation will be given at this time.”