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Basketball Player Arrested, Charged With Capital Murder

Michael Chukwuebuka, Reporting

UNIVERSITY of Alabama basketball player, Darius Miles, has been arrested and charged with capital murder in connection with a deadly shooting near the campus, according to authorities.

Miles, 21, a student athlete who, prior to his arrest, played forward for the Crimson Tide, has been removed from campus and is no longer a member of the Alabama men’s basketball team.

After due investigations, Darius Miles was arrested on Sunday 15th of January, alongside an accomplice, who sustained a life-threatening gunshot wound.

“The University of Alabama’s utmost priority is the safety and well-being of the campus community. 

“We are grieved by the incident that occurred near campus last night and extend our deepest condolences to the victim’s family and friends

“We are grateful for the quick and thorough response of law enforcement and emergency response teams, and we will continue to fully support the ongoing investigation,” the school management said in a statement.

The University’s athletics department also confirmed:

“We were made aware of the recent charge against student athlete, Darius Miles, and he has been removed from campus and is no longer a member of the Alabama men’s basketball team.

“First and foremost, we extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the victim from last night’s incident.

“Athletics, in conjunction with the University, is fully cooperating with this investigation,” they said

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Darius Miles

Stonix News gathered that in the early hours of Sunday 15th, near University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa, police operatives from both Tuscaloosa Police Department and University of Alabama Police Department were dispatched to the Walk of Champions at Bryant Denny Stadium, after a car had suddenly stopped near the police-marked vehicle, while the driver cried for help.

Inside the car, officers found an unarmed driver, but the woman at the back seat had been shot dead.

Authorities identified the victim as Jamea Jonae Harris, 23, of Birmingham.

During Investigations and reviewing of surveillance video, detectives and investigators identified Miles: from Washington D.C., and 20-year-old Michael Lynn Davis, from Maryland’s Charles County.

According to investigations, the deadly shooting was a result of an argument that broke out between the victim and the suspects.

Speaking with reporters, Miles’ lawyer, William C. White said:

“Darius Miles and his family are heartbroken tonight over the death of Jamea Harris.

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

“Our firm’s own investigation is ongoing, and no further statement will be made at this time.”

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