Basketball star Darius Miles, 23, did NOT shoot Jonae Harris during drive by – but did own the gun

University of Alabama basketball star Darius Miles, 23, did NOT shoot Jonae Harris during drive by – but did own the gun, court records state as he and friend are both charged with murder

  • Prosecutors say Darius Miles provided his friend Michael Lynn Davis with the gun used to kill Jamea Jonae Harris, 23, Sunday morning
  • Charging documents say Miles knew Davis was going to kill Harris
  • Authorities say the two were involved in a ‘minor altercation’ before the shooting
  • Both Miles, 21, and Davis, 20, are charged with capital murder 

University of Alabama basketball star Darius Miles did not shoot a Birmingham mother, but did own the gun used to kill her, according to newly-released court documents.

Prosecutors say Miles provided his friend Michael Lynn Davis, 20, with his gun after the two became involved in a ‘minor altercation’ with Jamea Jonae Harris, 23, early Sunday morning. 

The mother-of-one apparently tried to flee in a Jeep when Davis fired on the vehicle — striking and killing Harris. The driver then fired back, hitting one of the suspects who sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities now suggest Miles knew Davis was going to kill Harris when he provided him with his gun.

Both suspects have been charged with capital murder, which carries the possibility of the death penalty in Alabama.

Miles, 21, a junior forward with the University of Alabama team, is accused of providing Michael Lynn Davis with the gun he used to kill Harris

Miles, 21, a junior forward with the University of Alabama team, is accused of providing Michael Lynn Davis with the gun he used to kill Harris

Harris, 23,  (pictured with her son, Kaine) had been visiting her boyfriend and cousin at the University of Alabama when she was shot dead in a car on Sunday morning

Harris, 23,  (pictured with her son, Kaine) had been visiting her boyfriend and cousin at the University of Alabama when she was shot dead in a car on Sunday morning

Charging documents released Tuesday say security footage from the scene of the shooting proves that Davis, a DC resident, is the one who fired the shot that killed Harris. She was shot only once, the documents say.

But, they say, Miles ‘intentionally caused the death of Jamea Harris by aiding and abetting by providing a firearm to Michael Davis, who shot Jamea Harris’ while she was in a Jeep.

Police have previously reported that the two parties had gotten into a minor argument on ‘The Strip’ – an area near the University campus.

Harris got into a Jeep and drove down University Boulevard at around 1:45am when the gunfire erupted, but the driver continued down the road until he reached University of Alabama police near Bryant-Denny Stadium and reported that someone had ‘shot into the vehicle.’

That is when authorities noticed Harris was dead inside the vehicle. 

Authorities say the driver admitted firing back, adding that he may have struck a suspect, who was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a local hospital.

Police were finally able to identify the two suspects after speaking to multiple witnesses and viewing video surveillance footage they say clearly shows Davis firing on the vehicle.

Terrifying footage of the incident has also been posted online, with witnesses heard screaming after gunshots were heard.

Ring doorbell video caught 11 shots being fired as two black cars sped past at high speed, and people could be heard shouting ‘Oh My God.’

Darius Miles was arrested in the early hours of Sunday and has since been charged with capital murder

Michael Lynn Davis, 20, has also been charged with capital murder

Darius Miles (left) and Michael Lynn Davis (right) have been charged with capital murder in the death of Jamea Jonae Harris

Investigators say that the two parties had gotten into a minor argument on ¿The Strip¿ ¿ an area near the University campus ¿ before the shooting happened at 1:45am

Investigators say that the two parties had gotten into a minor argument on ‘The Strip’ – an area near the University campus – before the shooting happened at 1:45am

As 11 gunshots ring out in the background, two women can be seen fleeing the scene

Ring doorbell video caught 11 shots being fired as two black cars sped past at high speed, and people could be heard shouting ‘Oh My God’ 

In a news conference Sunday night, Tuscaloosa Police Capt. Jack Kennedy said ‘it appears that the only motive was a minor altercation that these individuals had with the victim as they were out on The Strip. 

They didn’t have a previous relationship.’

But Janae’s mother, DeCarla Cotton, claims that her daughter was attacked by Miles and Davis because she refused to speak to them while out.

Posting online she said: ‘Took my baby life because she wouldn’t talk to him! I will tell you that she was loved by all!

‘She was a beautiful young woman who loved her family and most of all, her five-year-old son Kaine!

‘She was just trying to enjoy her weekend with her cousin that attends the University of Alabama and her boyfriend.’

Miles wept as he was perp walked following the altercation on Sunday. He has claimed he is innocent in the attack

Miles wept as he was perp walked following the altercation on Sunday. He has claimed he is innocent in the attack

Authorities say the driver of the car carrying Janae admitted firing back, adding that he may have struck a suspect, who was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a local hospital

Authorities say the driver of the car carrying Janae admitted firing back, adding that he may have struck a suspect, who was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a local hospital

Miles has claimed he is innocent in the attack.

In a statement, his lawyers said: ‘Darius Miles 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.’

The junior forward was seen weeping as he was perp-walked into a police car from Tuscaloosa County Jail.

 He called out, ‘I swear I love you more than you can imagine’, though it is unclear exactly who he was talking to.

The University of Alabama have confirmed that Miles is 'no longer' on their basketball team. Above is a stock image of the Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa

The University of Alabama have confirmed that Miles is ‘no longer’ on their basketball team. Above is a stock image of the Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa

Miles’ bio has since been removed from the athletic department website and the university said that he ‘has been removed from campus’ and is no longer on the team.

A spokesman for the University said: ‘The University of Alabama’s utmost priority is the safety and well-being of the campus community.

‘We are grieved by the incident that occurred near campus last night and extend our deepest condolences to the victim’s family and friends.’

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