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In connection with an early morning campus shooting that claimed the life of 23-year-old woman Jamea Jonae Harris, Alabama men’s basketball player Darius Miles and another man, Michael Lynn Davis, have been charged with capital murder. Let’s see about it in detail.
Who are Darius Miles and Michael Lynn Davis?
A woman was shot and killed early Sunday near the Tuscaloosa campus; a University of Alabama basketball player was taken into custody in connection with the crime.
Darius Miles, 21, and Michael Lynn Davis, 20, were arrested for shooting at a car in “The Strip,” a neighborhood near the university, around 1:45 a.m. Jamie Jonah Harris, a 23-year-old passenger, was killed after he was hit by a bullet, according to police.
When someone from the other car started shooting, one of the suspects was hit by a bullet and wounded. It was not immediately known which suspect was shot. Before the shots were fired, investigators believed the two sides had gotten into a fight along The Strip.
Miles, a junior at the University of Alabama and native of Washington, played forward for the team. An ankle injury kept him off the bench during the team’s game against Louisiana State University on Saturday. After learning of Miles’ murder arrest, the university suspended him from the team, according to a statement.
Michael Lynn Davis, 20, who is not affiliated with the university, was also taken into custody on suspicion of capital murder.
The life of 23-year-old Jamie Jonah Harris ended tragically early Sunday morning after a shooting near the Strip in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Harris’s death took a toll on her entire family. The former @AlabamaMBB player Darius Miles and another man face charges of first degree murder. pic.twitter.com/sJsENt18BU
— Juan Hustle (@JuanHustle) January 16, 2023
According to Tuscaloosa Police Capt. Jack Kennedy, the shooting happened early Sunday on the Strip off University Boulevard near the campus. He said 23-year-old Birmingham resident Jamea Harris was shot and killed.
Michael Lynn Davis, 20, of Charles County, Md., and Miles, 21, a junior reserve forward from Washington, D.C., were charged with capital murder. According to Kennedy, the death resulted in rounds being fired into a car, leading to a felony murder charge.
Kennedy said at a press conference Sunday evening,
“At this time, it appears that the only motive was a minor altercation these individuals had with the victim while on the Strip.”
He said they had never had a relationship before.
He claimed that around 1:45 a.m., the driver of another vehicle in which Harris was a passenger contacted campus police near Bryant-Denny Stadium and reported that someone had shot at him.
The driver then allegedly returned fire. Kennedy declined to say who fired the gun or who was injured, although one of the suspects was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Kennedy said neither the driver of the other car, Harris, nor Davis appeared to be affiliated with the institution.
University of Alabama basketball player #DariusMiles arrested for fatal shooting of woman pic.twitter.com/Zd2KkvrS8e
— RawNews1st (@Raw_News1st) January 16, 2023
Mile’s emotional statement
An emotional Miles can be heard saying, “I swear … I love you more than you know,” to someone as he is led into a police car in a video posted by AL.com.
Miles has played in six games this season. He scored two points in Alabama’s 84-64 win over Jackson State on Dec. 20 in his final game for the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide.
Miles suffered an ankle injury Saturday, and Alabama revealed before playing LSU that he would miss the rest of the season. The athletic department’s website has taken down his biography and the university said he “has been suspended from campus.”
The university’s statement said,
The University of Alabama’s highest priority is the safety and well-being of the campus community. We are saddened 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 swift and thorough response of law enforcement and emergency response teams and will continue to fully support the ongoing investigation. We were made aware of the recent accusation against student-athlete Darius Miles; he has been suspended from campus and is no longer a member of the Alabama men’s basketball team.
The University offers comprehensive resources to support emotional and mental health. During the holiday, members of the campus community can call UAPD at 205-348-5454 to contact the dean for support or contact emergency counseling services. During weekdays, the Counseling Center is available to students at 205-348-3863. Student Care and Welfare can be reached at 205-348-2461, and faculty and staff can access the Employee Assistance Program by calling 800-925-5327.
Authorities are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Jamea Jonae Harris, which are still unclear. The news has obviously devastated the family and friends of Jamea Jonae Harris and the community is horrified by the tragic loss.
The news of Jamea Jonae Harris’ death understandably devastated her family and friends, and condolences poured in from across the neighborhood. Many people have expressed their condolences and offered support to Jamea Jonae Harris’ loved ones on social media during this difficult time.
We send our condolences to the family and friends of Jamea Jonae Harris at this difficult time.
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