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Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Darius Miles did not shoot Jamea Jonae Harris, but admitted providing the gun that did

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that Darius Miles did not shoot Jamea Jonae Harris, but admitted providing the gun that did. Davis and Miles both face capital murder charges in the death of the 23-year-old Birmingham mother. 



Harris' Aunt Tracey Smith said she leaves behind her son, who was just five years old.

My niece was a smart and beautiful young lady. Whom had a bright future ahead of her and is loved by so many. She leaves behind one son Kaine, the love and bond between the two was unimaginable. Her son was her world.
The incident was caught on tape by a doorbell camera. Students who live in the area said they were shocked when they heard gunfire Sunday morning.

"We were on the strip and driving by, next thing you know we had our windows down and we just heard pop pop pop and people started running, it was kind of crazy," said University of Alabama student Joshua Phillabaum. "It's horrible, three lives like that were just wasted."

Phillabaum was on the strip with friends on his way home when the shooting happened. He lives in an apartment in very close proximity to the incident.

Another student who lives in a nearby apartment, Major Taylor, said he was not home at the time, but expressing his condolences to the family and said he hopes justice is served.

"You don't think something like that will happen right outside your apartment," said Taylor.

Students said they were also shocked to find out Darius Miles is one of the two charged with capital murder. Miles was in his third year with the Crimson Tide basketball team. The 21-year-old has been removed from the roster and from campus.

"It's really a tragedy all around, but especially for Jamea and her family. Wish we weren't having to address this situation but we got to pull together as a team at this point and have each other and be there for each other," said Alabama Head Basketball Coach Nate Oats.

The shooting was reported early Sunday morning on the Strip, a student-oriented business district near the Tuscaloosa campus.

Investigators say Miles, 21, a former junior reserve forward from Washington, D.C., and Michael Lynn Davis, 20, of Charles County, Maryland, were involved in some type of altercation which led to the shooting. Jamea Harris, 23, of the Birmingham area was shot and killed.

Video shows Miles who appeared to be crying and talking to someone outside the Tuscaloosa County Jail. "I love you," he could be heard saying. "I love you more than you can imagine," he said in the video. Chilling security video appeared to capture the sound of the gunshots fired.

According to a report on FOX News, the mother of Harris wrote on her Facebook page that her daughter was shot and killed because she wouldn't talk to Miles.

"The University of Alabama's utmost priority is the safety and well-being of the campus community," the school said according to the report. "We are grieved 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 quick and thorough response of law enforcement and emergency response teams, and we will continue to fully support the ongoing investigation. We were made aware of the recent charge against student-athlete Darius Miles; he has been removed from campus and is no longer a member of the Alabama men's basketball team."

Speaking at a news conference Monday, Alabama men's basketball coach Nate Oats said the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide is going through "kind of a grieving process" following the shooting.

Oats said he wasn't able to discuss specifics related to the case. He did say he had spoken with Miles' mother multiple times Sunday, and met with the team that night. "I thought it was important that we were all here and around to support one another through this situation," Oats said.

Oats said the team met again Monday and would practice later in the day before Tuesday's game at Vanderbilt. "They didn't have too many questions," Oats said of the players. "It's really just more of kind of a grieving process. I mean, they understand the severity of the situation with Jamea. They also understand the severity of the situation with Darius. There's both sides of it, dealing with it."

Miles had appeared in just six games this year, averaging 1.5 points. Earlier Saturday, he was ruled out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury.

Attorneys for Darius Miles released a statement Sunday regarding the shooting. "Darius Miles and his family are heartbroken tonight over the death of Jamea Jonae Harris," the statement read. "While Darius has been accused of being involved with this tragedy, he maintains his innocence and looks forward to his day in court. Our firm's own investigation is ongoing, and no further statement will be made at this time."

FOX 5’s Bob Barnard reports that David Milies, father of Darius posted a message thanking everyone for their support and asking for anyone who is able to travel to Tuscaloosa for expected court appearances.

A GoFundMe was set up online to help support Harris' 5-year-old son, Kaine. "II was asked to up this fundraiser to assist with the care of my daughters son Kaine," read a description on the page. "Her life was taken from her at the young age of 23 in a senseless cowardly act . She leaves behind a five year old son that will never know how beautiful his mother was inside and out. She had a heart of gold and was loved by all. It's no way to express how much she will be missed! I thank everyone that has reached out with their prayers and condolences and I appreciate however you would like to help."

Bail would not initially be set in the case. Investigators said defense lawyers could request a probable cause hearing in Tuscaloosa County District Court and that a judge could consider bail later.

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