A new statement on behalf of former University of Alabama basketball player Darius Miles was released Wednesday regarding his capital murder charge in a deadly shooting on the Strip.
Court records made public Wednesday showed Miles had retained attorneys Mary Turner, Kayla Griffin and Grace Prince of Turner Law Group to represent him on the charge.
Earlier this week, attorneys William White, Clayton Tartt and Suzanne Norman of Boles Holmes White LLC released a statement from Miles stating that he was “heartbroken” over the death of 23-year-old Jamea Jonae Harris and that he maintained his innocence.
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On Wednesday, Turner said Miles was unaware of a previous statement being released on his behalf.
After meeting with Miles and his family, the Turner Law Group released this statement:
“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. 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.”
Turner has requested a preliminary hearing for Miles but it had not been set as of Wednesday night.
Attorney William White said attorneys from his firm spent Sunday with Miles’s family and White spoke with Miles over the telephone.
White described Miles’s family as despondent over the situation and said they assisted in the drafting of the first statement.
White said it’s technically correct that Miles himself didn’t know a statement was being released.
”The family felt it was important they express their condolences immediately,” White said.
The family went on to interview other attorneys and ended up hiring the Turner Law Group.
”We’re happy he’s found counsel that he’s comfortable with,” White said. “That’s what’s important.
Miles, 21, is one of two suspects charged with capital murder in Sunday’s predawn fatal shooting.”
It was announced Saturday the junior forward was ruled out for the season due to an ankle injury. Following news of his arrest, it was announced that Miles was no longer on the team.
Both Miles, of Washington DC, and Michael Lynn Davis, 20, of Maryland, are charged in the killing of the 23-year-old Harris, the mother of a young son.
Neither Davis nor Harris was affiliated with the University.
Harris was in Tuscaloosa visiting her cousin and boyfriend for the weekend.
About 1:45 am Sunday, Tuscaloosa police and University of Alabama police were dispatched to the Walk of Champions at Bryant Denny Stadium on a shooting.
A Jeep had stopped there upon sighting a University of Alabama Police vehicle. Harris was dead inside the vehicle, said Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Capt. Jack Kennedy.
Harris’s boyfriend, who drove Harris from the shooting scene, told police their vehicle had been struck by gunfire. He had returned fire in self-defense and may have struck a suspect – believed to be Davis.
Investigators determined that the shooting happened in the 400 Block of Grace Street off of University Boulevard.
Harris’s mother, DeCarla Heard, told AL.com the ordeal began with the suspects trying to talk to Harris, who told them she had a boyfriend and wasn’t interested.
Court records state Davis fired the deadly shots, and that Miles admitted to providing Davis with the gun.