Ex-Alabama Basketball Player Darius Miles Charged With Murder Of Jamea Jonae Harris: What We Know Today

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

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

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

Here is an overview of what we know today.

Shooting

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

Harris was in a vehicle in the area of ​​Grace Street and University Boulevard when the gunfire broke out. The driver, whose name has not been released, continued on University Boulevard.

Tuscaloosa Police and University of Alabama Police were dispatched to the March of Champions at Bryant Denny Stadium when a vehicle stopped there after sighting a UA police vehicle.

Harris was dead inside the vehicle.

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

Two suspects have been located and questioned. A suspect had been hit by gunfire and had a non-life threatening injury.

Police said “the shooting was the result of a minor argument that occurred between the victims and suspects after they met along the Strip.”

What’s in the court records?

Davis fired the shot that killed Jamea Jonae Harris, according to court records released Tuesday. Davis used a firearm provided to him by Miles, according to these records.

The charges are capital murder because Harris was shot while in a vehicle. Records indicate she was shot once.

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

“Witnesses identify Michael as the shooter,” according to the deposition.

“Darius Miles admitted to providing the handgun to Michael Davis just before the shooting,” the charge sheet reads.

Miles’ indictment says he “intentionally caused the death of Jamea Harris by aiding and abetting by providing a firearm to Michael Davis who shot Jamea Harris” while Harris was in the passenger seat of a Jeep.

Who is Darius Miles?

Miles’ player bio page was removed from the Alabama Athletics website on Sunday. The school later released a statement saying he had been “kicked off campus” and was no longer on the basketball team.

Miles has spent the past two and a half seasons as a bench player for Alabama. He played 53 games, making two starts in his second season in 2021-22.

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

Miles’ playing time was sparse after his return.

He appeared on the field in sports gear for Alabama’s pregame warmups ahead of Saturday’s game against LSU at the Coleman Coliseum, but an hour before the whistleblower Alabama released a statement about Miles. .

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

Just over 24 hours after the shooting, Miles was wheeled into the Tuscaloosa County Jail in handcuffs.

Miles appeared to cry on a perp walk and said, “I love you” and “I love you more than you can imagine” multiple times to someone standing outside the county jail. Tuscaloosa.

“Darius Miles and his family are heartbroken this evening by the death of Jamea Jonae Harris,” according to a statement released by his legal team.

“While Darius has been accused of being involved in this tragedy, he maintains his innocence and looks forward to his day in court.”

Who is Jamea Jonah 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 attends 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 participate in this fundraiser to help care for my daughter’s son, Kaine.” His life was taken from him at the age of 23 in an act of 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. This is no way to express how much we will miss her! I thank everyone who has reached out with their prayers and condolences and yet appreciate that you want to help.

The shooting happened after Harris and her boyfriend went to a club with other friends and then stopped on the way home to grab something to eat with her cousin, her mother said.

As they sat in their car waiting for their food, one of the suspects approached the car and was trying to talk to Harris.

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

Heard said she wanted her daughter’s legacy to be more about 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 was not a party girl, she just wanted to see her family. She was a hard worker and she 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 Coach Nate Oats had to say:

In a pregame press conference with Nate Oats before the No. 4 Crimson Tide traveled to Vanderbilt, the coach offered his condolences to the victim’s family.

“A daughter and a mother who were taken far too soon from a senseless act. This is an incredibly sad situation and our thoughts are with loved ones,” Oats said.

Oats said Miles’ absence early in the season to settle “a personal matter” had nothing to do with what happened Sunday morning.

“In fact, he went home to [Washington] DC to address the personal issue he was away with for a few weeks,” Oats said Monday. “He injured his ankle. It was a bit ongoing. He had several issues. However, they had nothing to do with this incident on Saturday or Sunday morning.

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

What does this mean for Alabama basketball?

A team meeting was called on Sunday evening to deal with the emotions surrounding the situation. Miles’ photo has been removed from the Coleman Coliseum.

“We got together last night and talked,” Oats said. “I thought it was important that we were all here and around to support each other in this situation. As this is an ongoing investigation, I cannot add anything more that has not already been shared.

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

The remaining full roster of the team will play.

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

In a statement on Sunday, the university said help was available for anyone who needed it.

“The University offers comprehensive emotional and mental health support resources. During holidays, members of the campus community can call UAPD at 205-348-5454 to contact the Dean for assistance or to connect with emergency counseling services. On weekdays, the Counseling Center is available to students 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 by calling 800-925-5327.

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