According to Tuscaloosa, Alabama authorities, the weapon used to murder a lady last month was handed to a teammate by Alabama freshman basketball star Brandon Miller.
On the night that 23-year-old Jamea Jonae Harris was shot to death, Miller delivered Darius Miles’ revolver to him, according to testimony given by Tuscaloosa detective Branden Culpepper on Tuesday. Miles had requested it through text message.
Harris was shot and murdered close to the campus of the University of Alabama on January 15. Miles and Michael Lynn Davis are accused of killing Harris. Culpepper’s evidence was given at a preliminary hearing for the Davis brothers.
Researchers claimed in a court filing that Davis fired the pistol in the deadly shooting, despite Miles, who has since been kicked out of the Crimson Tide programme, having acknowledged to giving the weapon.
Tuesday, according to Culpepper, Miles had informed Davis of the whereabouts of his pistol in Miller’s vehicle.
Despite the fact that Miller has not been charged with any crimes, Crimson Tide head coach Nate Oats said at a press conference later on Tuesday that the team was aware of Miller’s apparent connection to the case. There is nothing that we could prosecute Miller with, Chief Deputy District Attorney Paula Whitley of Tuscaloosa told AL.com on Tuesday.
Both Davis and Miles wiped away tears as their mothers testified that they would ensure their sons followed the law if given bail, but Tuscaloosa County District Judge Joanne E. Jannik ultimately rejected that request.
A grand jury will be assigned the case.
On the Strip, a commercial area with bars and eateries close to the Bama campus that caters to students, the shooting took place. Police said that Harris was hit by a gunshot while seated in the passenger seat of a vehicle.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Oats said that the programme has “completely cooperated with law police the whole time” and stated that the “whole scenario is tragic.”
When questioned whether Miller had reportedly given Miles the pistol, Oats said, “We were aware of that. “No one’s behaviour outside of practise is under their control. Nobody anticipated that it would occur. Neither in the past nor in this particular instance, Brandon has been in any kind of difficulty. At the wrong place at the wrong moment.”
After facing backlash on social media, Oats subsequently tried to explain what he called his “unfortunate words.”
Tuesday night, Oats issued a statement in which he admitted that his remarks “came out negatively.”
Law enforcement notified us that there were further student-athletes around, and they have consistently assured us that there are no additional student-athlete suspects, according to Oats. “They just served as witnesses. We believe that everyone has been completely honest and cooperative ” I didn’t want to minimise the horror of that night or the gravity of this situation in any way. Jamea Harris’ family is still in my thoughts and prayers.”
Averaging 18.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, Miller is the Crimson Tide’s top scorer and the team’s second-ranked player overall. In the NBA draught this summer, he is expected to go in the top five.
Lawyers for the prosecution and defence put out conflicting versions of the incident. The case against Miles and Davis could go on, Whitley told the court, provided there was enough evidence.
During the hearing on Tuesday, a defence attorney opined that when Miles informed Davis of the location of the pistol, he was acting in self-defense.
“According to Mary Turner, Michael Davis received the firearm for protection reasons.
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