Alabama forward Darius Miles charged with capital murder

Alabama men's basketball player Darius Miles and another man have been charged with capital murder in connection with a Sunday morning shooting near campus that killed a 23-year-old woman.

Miles was booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail around 6:45 p.m. ET on Sunday, a jail official told ESPN. In a statement Sunday, the university said Miles, a junior reserve forward from Washington, D.C., is no longer on the team.

Tuscaloosa police Capt. Jack Kennedy said the shooting occurred early Sunday morning in the Strip off University Boulevard near campus. He said Jamea Harris of the Birmingham area was shot and killed.

Miles, 21, and Michael Lynn Davis, 20, of Charles County, Maryland, were both charged with capital murder. That charge arose because the death involved shots fired into a vehicle, Kennedy said.

"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 at a news conference Sunday evening. They didn't have a previous relationship, he said.

He said the driver of another vehicle, in which Harris was a passenger, approached campus police near Bryant-Denny Stadium at about 1:45 a.m., saying someone had shot into the vehicle, and he fired back. One of the suspects was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a local hospital, and Kennedy declined to disclose who fired the gun or who was hurt.

Neither the driver of the other vehicle nor Harris or Davis appeared to be affiliated with the university, Kennedy said.

Miles' attorneys said in a statement Monday that he and his family are "heartbroken tonight over the death of Jamea Jonae Harris."

"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."

On Saturday, Alabama had announced before its game against LSU that Miles would miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury. His bio has been removed from the athletic department website, and the university said in its statement that he "has been removed from campus."

Alabama head coach Nate Oats said he is limited in what he can say about Miles when he spoke to reporters in a brief news conference in Tuscaloosa on Monday.

"I just want to start today by offering our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jamea Harris, a young woman, daughter and a mother who was taken away too soon in a senseless act," he said. "It is an incredibly sad situation. We're keeping [Harris' family and friends] in our thoughts and prayers as they continue to grieve. ... With this being a pending investigation, there is nothing I can add that hasn't already been shared."

Oats said Miles was away from the team last month as he dealt with a personal challenge and then an ankle injury continued to nag him and eventually led to the decision to end his season Saturday, just hours before the shooting.

"He actually went back home to [Washington] to deal with a personal matter and then he had the ankle injury, it was kind of ongoing," Oats said. "He's had multiple issues. They were all completely unrelated to this incident Sunday morning."

Awaken Sunday morning with the news of the shooting, Oats said he called Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne and focused on Harris, her family and his team. He said the shooting resonated with him because he has daughters, but he also had to talk to Miles' mother about what happened, too.

Oats said Miles is the only member of the Alabama team connected to the shooting. He said his team met Sunday night and there were "a lot of hugs."

In a video posted by AL.com, an emotional Miles can be heard saying, "I swear ... I love you more than you imagine" to someone as he is escorted into a law enforcement vehicle.

Miles had participated in six games this season. The last time he played for the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide, on Dec. 20, he scored two points in Alabama's 84-64 win over Jackson State.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.