Alabama Basketball Player Charged with Murder of 23-Year-Old Woman

Alabama men’s basketball player Darius Miles was among those charged with capital murder in the shooting death of a 23-year-old woman near Bryant-Denny Stadium.

via: People

Tuscaloosa Police Captain Jack Kennedy confirmed to PEOPLE Monday that Jamea Harris, 23, was shot and killed around 1:45 a.m. in “The Strip” near University Blvd. by shots fired from another car.

Michael Lynn Davis, 20, from Charles County, Maryland, has also been charged with the capital murder, which investigators believe was started by an argument.

After his arrest Miles, 21, was immediately removed from the team, the school said in a statement, per AP News.

“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,” the university said of the Washington D.C. native, whose bio is no longer on the team’s site.

Local affiliate ABC 33/40 said that the driver of the victim’s vehicle drove to find help and found a UAPD police officer near Bryant-Denny stadium.

The driver told police that they fired back in self-defense, striking one of the suspects, who appeared to have a non-life-threatening injury, police told the outlet. After interviewing witnesses in the area and viewing surveillance footage, they were able to find and arrest both suspects who remain in jail without bond.

Miles was a reserve on the Crimson Tide team and had been out for the season with an ankle injury, the school announced before their game against LSU on Saturday.

“The University of Alabama’s utmost priority is the safety and well-being of the campus community,” the university told ABC. “We are grieved by the incident that occurred near campus last night and extend our deepest condolences to the victim’s family and friends.”

The University of Alabama did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

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