Darius Miles, Former Alabama Basketball Player Charged With Killing Jamea Jonae Harris: What We Know Today

Darius Miles, a 21-year-old former University of Alabama basketball player, has been charged with fatal murder in a deadly shooting Sunday morning on the Strip in Tuscaloosa.

Jamea Jonae Harris, a 23-year-old woman from Birmingham and mother of a 5-year-old boy, was killed in the shooting.

Also charged with capital murder in the case is Michael Lynn Davis, 20, of Maryland.

Here’s a look at what we know today.

the shoot

The deadly shooting in Tuscaloosa occurred around 1:45 a.m. Sunday.

Harris was in a vehicle in the Grace Street and University Boulevard area when the shooting erupted. The driver, whose name was not released, continued down University Boulevard.

Tuscaloosa police and University of Alabama police were dispatched to the Walk of Champions at Bryant Denny Stadium when a vehicle stopped there when it saw a UA police vehicle.

Harris was dead in the vehicle.

The driver told police his vehicle was hit by gunfire. The driver said he returned fire in self-defense and may have hit a suspect.

Two suspects were located and questioned. One suspect had been shot and had a non-life threatening wound.

Police said “the shooting was the result of a minor argument between the victims and suspects after they encountered each other along the strip.”

What does the court record say?

Davis fired the shot that killed Jamea Jonae Harris, according to court documents released Tuesday. According to these records, Davis used a gun Miles provided him with.

The charge is capital murder because Harris was shot while she was in a vehicle. Records say she was shot once.

Indictment documents released on Tuesday say there is surveillance footage of the fatal shooting.

“Witnesses identify Michael as the shooter,” the statement said.

“Darius Miles admitted providing the pistol to Michael Davis immediately prior to the shooting,” the indictment reads.

Miles’ indictment said he “willfully caused the death of Jamea Harris by providing a firearm to Michael Davis, who shot and killed Jamea Harris” while Harris was in the passenger seat of a Jeep.

Who is Darius Miles?

Miles’ player biography page was removed from Alabama’s track and field website on Sunday. The school later issued a statement saying he had been “removed from campus” and was no longer a member of the basketball team.

Miles has spent the last two and a half seasons primarily as a bencher for Alabama. He appeared in 53 games and made two starts, both of which fell during his 2021-22 sophomore season.

This season Miles’ role had diminished. He played seven minutes off the bench in the Tide’s November 7 season opener against Longwood, but then missed the next four games with an ankle injury.

Miles’ playing time was sparse after his return.

He appeared in athletic attire for Alabama’s warm-up before Saturday’s game against LSU at Coleman Coliseum, but an hour before the tip, Alabama issued a statement about Miles.

“Alabama Men’s Basketball announced that junior Darius Miles will be sidelined for the remainder of the season with an ankle injury,” the statement said.

A little over 24 hours after the shooting, Miles was taken to the Tuscaloosa County Jail in handcuffs.

Miles appeared to cry during a offender walk, saying “I love you” and “I love you more than you can imagine” multiple times to someone standing outside the Tuscaloosa County jail.

“Darius Miles and his family are heartbroken tonight at the death of Jamea Jonae Harris,” his legal team said in a statement.

“Despite being accused of involvement in this tragedy, Darius maintains his innocence and looks forward to his day in court.”

Who is Jamea Jonae Harris?

“She was a beautiful young woman who loved her family and especially her 5-year-old son, Kaine,” her mother, DeCarla Heard, told AL.com. “She was just trying to enjoy her weekend with her cousin, who is studying at the University of Alabama, and her boyfriend.”

A GoFundMe page was started by the mother.

The description of the fundraiser reads, “I have been asked to support this fundraiser to help care for my daughter’s son, Kaine.” Her life was taken from her at the young age of 23 in a senseless cowardice. She leaves behind a five-year-old son who will never know how beautiful his mother was inside and out. She had a heart of gold and was loved by everyone. Can’t express how much she is missed! Thank you to everyone who has reached out with their prayers and condolences and I appreciate it in any way you choose to help.”

The shooting happened after Harris and her boyfriend went to a club with other friends and then stopped on their way home to have lunch with their cousin, her mother said.

While they sat in their car waiting for their food, one of the suspects approached the car and tried to speak to Harris.

“She (the cousin) said they were dancing around the car trying to get her attention,” Heard said. “They said, ‘We have a boyfriend, we don’t want to talk.”’

Heard said she wanted her daughter’s legacy to have more to do with her life than her death.

“I just don’t want her to be a name in an article,” she said. “I want people to know that she wasn’t a party girl, she just wanted to see her family. She worked hard and wanted to have a good time with her family.”

“I want people to know that she was a mother, a daughter, a granddaughter and so many people loved her,” she said. “I want people to know what was taken from us.”

What trainer Nate Oats had to say:

At a pre-game press conference before the Crimson Tide No. 4 leaves for Vanderbilt, the coach offered his condolences to the victim’s family.

“A daughter and mother snatched away from a senseless act far too soon. This is an incredibly sad situation and our hearts go out to the loved ones,” Oats said.

Oats said Miles’ absence earlier in the season to attend to “a personal matter” was unrelated to what happened on Sunday morning.

“He has actually returned home [Washington] DC to take care of the personal matter he’s been traveling with for a couple of weeks,” Oats said Monday. “He had an ankle injury. It was kind of constant. He had several problems. However, they all had nothing to do with that incident on Saturday or Sunday morning.”

Oats said he has spoken to Miles’ mother since the arrest.

What does this mean for basketball in Alabama?

A team meeting was called for Sunday evening to process the emotions surrounding the situation. Miles’ image has been removed from the Coleman Coliseum.

“We got together last night and talked,” Oats said. “I felt it was important that we were all here and nearby to support each other in this situation. As this is a pending investigation, I can’t add anything that hasn’t already been shared.”

Alabama (15-2, 5-0 SEC) meets Vanderbilt at 7:30 p.m. CT in Nashville on Tuesday.

The team’s entire remaining lineup is played.

Several current and former teammates took to social media to react to Sunday’s events.

In a statement on Sunday, the university said help is available to anyone who needs it.

“The university offers extensive resources to support emotional and mental health. During the holidays, campus community members can call UAPD at 205-348-5454 to reach the dean for assistance or to connect with emergency counseling services. On weekdays, the Student Advice Center can be reached at 205-348-3863. Student Care and Well-Being can be reached at 205-348-2461, and faculty and staff can access the Employee Assistance Program at 800-925-5327.”