University of Alabama Basketball Player Darius Miles Among 2 Charged With Capital Murder in Shooting Death
Carol Robinson et al., AL.com, January 16, 2023
University of Alabama basketball player Darius Miles is one of two suspects charged with capital murder in a predawn deadly shooting on the Strip in Tuscaloosa.
It was announced Saturday the junior forward was ruled out for the season due to an ankle injury.
A little more than 24 hours later, Miles was being led in handcuffs into the Tuscaloosa County Jail.
Miles, 21, appeared to be crying during a perp walk and said, “I love you,’’ and “I love you more than you can imagine,’’ several times to someone standing outside the Tuscaloosa County Jail.
Both Miles, of Washington D.C., and Michael Lynn Davis, 20, of Maryland, are charged in the killing of Jamea Jonae Harris, 23, of Birmingham.
The shooting happened on the Strip.
Neither Davis nor Harris were affiliated with the University.
About 1:45 a.m. Sunday, Tuscaloosa police and University of Alabama police were dispatched to the Walk of Champions at Bryant Denny Stadium on a shooting.
A vehicle had stopped there upon sighting a University of Alabama Police vehicle.
Harris was dead inside the vehicle, said Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Capt. Jack Kennedy.
The driver, who has not been identified, told police their vehicle had been struck by gunfire. The driver said he had returned fire in self-defense and may have struck a suspect.
Investigators determined that the shooting happened in the 400 Block of Grace Street off of University Boulevard.
Kennedy said after speaking with multiple witnesses and viewing video surveillance, they identified two suspects. Both were located and interviewed.
One suspect was found to have indeed been struck by gunfire, Kennedy said, and had a non-life-threatening wound.
“It appears at this time that the shooting was the result of a minor argument that occurred between the victims and suspects after they encountered each other along the strip,’’ Kennedy said.