Darius Miles enters not-guilty plea, waives arraignment in capital murder case

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Ex-Alabama basketball player Darius Miles has entered a not-guilty plea for his role in the fatal shooting on Jan. 15 on the Tuscaloosa Strip, according to court documents filed by his defense attorney Mary Turner.

He has also waived his rights to be present at an arraignment and for an attorney to represent him at an arraignment. Miles has been informed of the charge against him and has a received a copy of the charge, according to the document.

A grand jury indicted Miles and Michael Lynn Davis on capital murder charges in March after the shooting death of 23-year-old Jamea Harris on Jan. 15 on the Tuscaloosa Strip.

Investigators believe the gun belonged to Miles, 21, but believe Davis, 21, pulled the trigger, per court documents. Both have been jailed without bond since Jan. 15. A judge denied bond after a preliminary hearing in February, but Miles has another bond hearing set for 9 a.m. on May 24.

"While we are not surprised by the indictment based on the reality that a person accused of a crime is not allowed to present any evidence to the Grand Jury," read a statement from Turner Law, which is representing Miles after the indictment became public, "we are nonetheless disappointed that the Government presented this case to the Grand Jury as Capital Murder considering the evidence uncovered during our investigation and the obvious weaknesses in the Government’s case brought to light during the preliminary hearing."

Miles was in his third year with Alabama basketball and played in only six games during the season before his arrest.

The school announced that day he was no longer a member of the team. The day before, he had been ruled out for the season with an ankle injury before watching the LSU game in street clothes. He hadn't made an appearance in a game since the Dec. 20 matchup vs. Jackson State. Miles averages 6.5 minutes per game this season over that limited time.

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