Former Alabama basketball player Darius Miles has been indicted by a grand jury for capital murder in the January shooting death of a 23-year-old woman near campus, his attorney confirmed to The Associated on Friday Press.
Michael Davis, who is also charged in the shooting death of 23-year-old Jamea Harris, was also charged, defense attorney Mary Turner told the AP. Turner only represents Miles.
Tuscaloosa County District Attorney Hays Webb told AL.com that charges against Miles and Davis, who have been held without bail since their arrest, were issued Wednesday.
Harris was sitting in a car when she was struck by a bullet. A police investigator testified last month that Miles provided the gun Davis allegedly used in the shooting.
During a court hearing last month, Turner suggested that Miles was in a defensive posture when he told Davis where the gun was.
The Turner Law Group, which represents Miles, issued a statement Friday, saying they were disappointed by the decision to file capital murder charges “given the evidence uncovered during our investigation and the obvious weaknesses in the government’s case which were revealed during the preliminary hearing. .”
Miles was a reserve with 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 from the team.
During the court hearing in February, Tuscaloosa police investigator Branden Culpepper testified that Miles texted Tide freshman basketball star Brandon Miller to get his gun. Police said another player, guard Jaden Bradley, was also at the scene.
Neither Miller nor Bradley have been charged with anything. Both have continued to play as the nation’s No. 4 team makes its way through the Southeastern Conference Tournament and will likely have a strong seeding in the NCAA Tournament.
“This whole situation is really heartbreaking, but with respect, that’s all I’m going to say about it,” Miller told reporters Wednesday in his first public comments on the case.
Harris’ mother told reporters last month that she is frustrated by the focus on basketball instead of her daughter’s death. He said his daughter was a beautiful person who was trying to go out with friends at night when she was murdered.
“He has a five-year-old son who is still waiting for his mother to come home,” DeCarla Heard told reporters. “I want justice for my grandson.”
Report from The Associated Press.
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