The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ex-alabama player indicted on capital murder charges


Former Alabama basketball player Darius Miles has been indicted by a grand jury on capital murder charges for the January shooting death of a 23-year-old woman near campus, his lawyer confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday.

Michael Davis, who is also charged in the shooting death of 23-year-old Jamea Harris, was also indicted, defense lawyer Mary Turner told the AP. Turner only represents Miles.

Tuscaloosa County District Attorney Hays Webb told that the indictment­s against Miles and Davis, who’ve been held without bond since their arrest, were issued on Wednesday.

Harris was sitting in a car when she was struck by a bullet. A police investigat­or testified last month that Miles provided the handgun Davis allegedly used in the shooting.

During a court hearing last month, Turner suggested Miles was in a defensive posture when he told Davis where the gun was located.

But prosecutor­s maintained there was ample evidence to pursue charges in the shooting, which happened early Jan. 15 on “The Strip,” a district of bars and restaurant­s near the Tuscaloosa campus. Testimony at the hearing last month indicated there had been some type of verbal altercatio­n between the two groups.

The Turner Law Group, which is representi­ng Miles, issued a statement Friday, saying they were disappoint­ed by the decision to pursue capital murder charges “considerin­g the evidence uncovered during our investigat­ion and the obvious weaknesses in the government’s case brought to light during the preliminar­y hearing.”

Miles was a reserve on the Crimson Tide but an ankle injury sidelined him for the rest of the season. After he was charged in January, Alabama said he was “removed from campus” and the team.

During the February court hearing, Tuscaloosa Police investigat­or Brandon Culpepper testified that Miles texted Tide freshman basketball star Brandon Miller to bring him his gun. Police have said another player, guard Jaden Bradley, also was at the scene.

Neither Miller nor Bradley have been charged with anything.

“This whole situation is just really heartbreak­ing, but respectful­ly that’s all I’m going to be able to say on that,” Miller told reporters Wednesday in his first public comments about the case.

Both Miller and Bradley have continued to play as the No. 4 team in the country makes its way through the Southeaste­rn Conference Tournament ahead of the NCAA Tournament. Miller scored 18 points and had nine rebounds in Friday’s SEC quarterfin­al win over Mississipp­i State.

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