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Alabama Basketball Player Charged With Murder

Former Alabama basketball player, 21-year-old Darius Miles, and Michael Davis, 20 of Charles County, Maryland, have been charged with capital murder after the death of Jamea Harris. The capital murder charge stands due to shots being fired into a vehicle.

Capital Murder is, by far, the most serious of violent crimes in Alabama. Capital Murder is a Class A felony, carrying with it a potential ten (10) years to a life sentence or even a possible penalty of death. According to Alabama law, specifically Alabama Code 13A-5-40, Capital offenses include the following:

(18) Murder committed by or through the use of a deadly weapon fired or otherwise used within or from a vehicle.

The shooting occurred at 1:15 AM on January 15th. Jamea Harris and her boyfriend had stopped to get something to eat. One of the suspects approached Harris and was seemingly hitting on her. He then began to advance on her and she rejected the attention which caused frustration. As Harris and her boyfriend attempted to leave following the altercation, shots were fired into Harris’ vehicle, resulting in her death. Her boyfriend was not injured but did return fire in self-defense. The driver then found a local officer patrolling nearby at the Bryant-Denny Stadium around 1:45 reporting that there had been shots fired into his vehicle and he fired back. One of the suspects was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.

"At this time, it appears that the only motive was a minor altercation that these individuals had with the victim as they were out on The Strip," Kennedy said in a news conference Sunday evening

Miles was a reserve on the fourth-ranked Alabama basketball team. He was out for the rest of the season due to an ankle injury prior to Saturday's game against LSU. After that announcement, his bio had been removed from the university's website and the university said that he was removed from campus and is no longer on the team

“The University of Alabama’s utmost priority is the safety and well-being of the campus community,” a university statement said. "We are grieved by the incident that occurred near campus last night and extend our deepest condolences to the victim’s family and friends.”

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