Alabama male basketball player Darius Miles and another man have been charged with capital murder in connection with an early morning shooting near campus that killed a 23-year-old woman.
Miles was booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail around 6:45 p.m. ET Sunday, a jail official told ESPN. In a statement on Sunday, the university said Miles, a junior reserve forward from Washington, DC, is no longer on the team.
Tuscaloosa Police Capt. Jack Kennedy said the shooting happened early Sunday morning on the Strip near University Blvd. near campus. He said Jamea Harris from the Birmingham area was shot and killed.
Miles, 21, 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 shots being fired into a vehicle, Kennedy said.
“At this time, it appears the only motive was a minor altercation these individuals had with the victim while on the Strip,” Kennedy said at a Sunday night news conference.
He said the driver of another vehicle, in which Harris was a passenger, approached campus police near Bryant-Denny Stadium around 1:45 a.m., saying someone had fired into the vehicle, and he retaliated. One of the suspects was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a local hospital, and Kennedy declined to disclose who fired or who was injured.
Neither the driver of the other vehicle nor Harris nor Davis appeared to be affiliated with the university, Kennedy said.
On Saturday, Alabama announced ahead of its game against LSU that Miles would miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury. His biography has been removed from the athletic department’s website, and the university’s statement says he “has been removed from campus.”
“The University of Alabama’s top priority is the safety and well-being of the campus community,” the statement said. ‘We are saddened by the incident that took place near campus last night and send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim.’
In video posted by AL.com, an emotional Miles can be heard saying, ‘I swear…I love you more than you know’ to someone as he is escorted into a forces vehicle of the order.
Miles had appeared in six games this season. He last played for fourth-ranked Crimson Tide on Dec. 20, 2022, when he scored two points in Alabama’s 84-64 win over Jackson State.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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