The best player on the No. 1 overall seed team in the 2023 NCAA Tournament faces increasing and persistent scrutiny amid a firestorm of controversy off the court after court testimony from police in February identified a link connecting Alabama freshman star Brandon Miller to an alleged murder that took place in January near the UA campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Miller has not been charged in the killing of 23-year-old Jamea Jonae Harris, a mother of a 5-year-old boy, but police testimony in February alleges he brought the gun used in the fatal shooting to then-teammate Darius Miles at the request of Miles, who then handed the gun to another individual to commit the crime. Both Miles and his accomplice, Michael Lynn Davis, have been indicted on charges of capital murder.
Miller allegedly provided the gun used to kill Harris but the gun belonged to Miles, and Davis is believed to be the one who fired the shot that killed her, according to court documents. However, both Davis and Miles were in Miller’s car just before the fatal shooting, authorities testified, with Miles handing the gun to Davis only after Miller drove to deliver the gun to Miles.
Miles was released from the Alabama team after he was charged with capital murder, but Miller, who has not only avoided legal culpability, has not missed a game for the Crimson Tide. His involvement was not publicly known until the explosive revelations in court in late February, which triggers questions about Alabama’s handling of the case and how Miller has thus far seemingly side-stepped punishment.
Here is what we know so far:
What is Miller accused of doing?
Miles hitched a ride from Miller to the “Strip” area in Tuscaloosa to go to a nightclub on Jan. 15, the night Harris was fatally shot. Miles, according to Miller’s attorney Jim Standridge, brought his gun and left it — concealed — in the back seat of Miller’s car. Miller’s attorney alleges his client never saw or…
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Author : Kyle Boone
Publish date : 2023-03-24 23:16:48
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