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Darius Miles retains Tuscaloosa law firm, denies knowledge of statement

Chase Goodbread
The Tuscaloosa News

Former Alabama basketball player Darius Miles, who is one of two men charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Jamea Harris early Sunday morning, has denied being aware of an attorney statement being made on his behalf and will now be represented by Turner Law Group in Tuscaloosa, according to a statement from the firm.

"Darius, his family, and all of us at Turner Law Group first and foremost want to express our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Jamea Jonae Harris," the Turner Law Group statement read. "This is a tragic and sad situation and our hearts go out to all of those who have been hurt by her death. Darius is distraught over this situation and deeply saddened by the death of Ms. Harris. Darius is also saddened by any negative light shed on the University of Alabama, his coaches, his teammates and his family, all of whom have been positive influences in his life. Darius and his family appreciate all who have shown their concern, offered prayers and tried to help him during this difficult time and asks that all keep Ms. Harris’s loved ones in your prayers. In light of statements made by the media and other people who were not present or otherwise have a personal interest in the outcome of this case that are contrary to the limited evidence previously released by local law enforcement, we encourage everyone to withhold judgment. Darius will be represented by Mary Turner, Kayla Griffin, and Grace Prince of Turner Law Group. As our investigation is ongoing, we will be making no further statements at this time."

On Sunday night, the Birmingham law firm of Boles, Holmes, White released the following statement:

"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."

Court records show the Turner Law Group filed a pre-trial motion on a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning on Miles' behalf. According to a warrant issued for Miles' arrest, he admitted to police that he provided a gun to Michael Davis, who investigators believe shot Harris, immediately prior to the shooting.

The shooting took place near The Strip, a campus-adjacent stretch of University Boulevard. Harris, 23, was killed near the 400 block of Grace Street after what police described as a minor argument earlier in the night with Miles and Davis. Miles and Davis were jailed without bond. The Tuscaloosa News has authenticated a video that was posted on social media that captures audio of at least 11 gunshots, although it is unclear how many were fired into the car and how many were fired back. Per the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit, the suspects became of interest to police after processing the crime scene, talking to witnesses and seeing security video.

Miles has been dismissed from the team and removed from the Crimson Tide's roster.

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