WASHINGTON – Authorities are continuing their investigation after former Alabama basketball player Darius Miles and another man were charged with murder after a woman was fatally shot near the school campus.
The shooting was reported early Sunday morning on the Strip, a student-centric business district near the Tuscaloosa campus.
Investigators say Miles, 21, a former junior reserve forward from Washington, DC, and Michael Lynn Davis, 20, from Charles County, Maryland, were involved in an altercation of sorts that led to the shooting. Jamea Harris, 23, of the Birmingham area, was shot and killed.
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
The video shows Miles apparently crying and talking to someone outside of the Tuscaloosa County jail. “I love you,” he could be heard saying. “I love you more than you can imagine,” he said in the video. A chilling security video appeared to capture the sound of the shots being fired.
According to a report by FOX News, Harris’ mother wrote on her Facebook page that her daughter was shot because she wouldn’t speak to Miles.
“The University of Alabama’s top priority is the safety and well-being of the campus community,” the school said, according to the report. “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.”
“We are grateful for the prompt and thorough response from law enforcement and emergency response teams and we will continue to give our full support to the ongoing investigation. 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.”
At a news conference Monday, Alabama men’s basketball coach Nate Oats said fourth-ranked Crimson Tide was going through “some kind of grieving process” after the shooting.
Darius Miles (Tuscaloosa Police Department)
Oats said he was unable to discuss details related to the case. He said he spoke to Miles’ mother several times on Sunday and met with the team that evening. “I felt it was important that we were all here and nearby to support each other in this situation,” Oats said.
Oats said the team met again Monday and practiced in Vanderbilt later the day before Tuesday’s game. “They didn’t have too many questions,” Oats said of the players. “It’s really more of a grieving process. I mean, they understand the gravity of the situation with Jamea. You also understand the gravity of the situation with Darius. There’s both sides of dealing with it.”
Miles had appeared in just six games that year, averaging 1.5 points. On Saturday, he was out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury.
Darius Miles’ attorneys released a statement Sunday regarding the shooting. “Darius Miles and his family are heartbroken tonight at the death of Jamea Jonae Harris,” the statement said. “Despite being accused of involvement in this tragedy, Darius maintains his innocence and looks forward to his day in court.
FOX 5’s Bob Barnard reports that Darius’ father, David Milies, posted a message thanking everyone for their support and asking for anyone who can travel to Tuscaloosa for the expected court dates.
A GoFundMe has been set up online to support Harris’ 5-year-old son Kaine. “I have been asked to support this fundraiser to help care for my daughter’s son, Kaine,” reads a description on the page. “Her life was taken from her at the young age of 23 in a senseless act of 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 all. There is no way to 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.
A bail would not initially be set in this case. Investigators said defense attorneys may request a probable cause hearing in the Tuscaloosa County District Court and a judge may later consider bail.
FOX News and Associated Press contributed to this story