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University of Alabama basketball player Darius Miles and another man have been charged with murder after a shooting broke out near the school’s campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, authorities said.
A 23-year-old, Jamea Harris, was shot and killed early Sunday, Tuscaloosa Police Captain Jack Kennedy said at a news conference Sunday night, the Associated Press reported.
Miles, 21, and Michael Lynn Davis, 20, were charged with capital homicide, which usually carries more severe punishment than other murder charges under Alabama law, because shots were fired into a vehicle, Kennedy said, according to the AP.
Alabama Athletics said in an emailed statement, “We have been made aware of the recent indictment against student-athlete Darius Miles and he is no longer a member of the Alabama men’s basketball team. Athletics is fully cooperating with this investigation in collaboration with the university.” It added that “we extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the victim of last night’s incident.”
The university said in a separate statement that it was “saddened by the incident,” adding that it was aware of the charges against Miles, who the university said was “removed from campus.”
Video of Miles’ arrest showed him tearfully telling someone offscreen, “I swear, I love you more than you think.” It wasn’t immediately clear whether Miles or Davis had legal counsel.
Hours before filming began, the team had announced that Miles, a junior at the university, would be out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury. He was injured at a preseason camp, the team said in a statement Saturday, and medical staff decided it was best to “keep Miles away from future basketball activities and focus on rehabilitation.”
Miles, who played high school basketball in the DC area before joining Alabama, was off the team to deal with a “personal matter,” coach Nate Oats said Dec. 28, according to AL.com. “It’s a personal matter, it’s not an injury and we’re not entirely sure how long he will be out.”
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