Darius Miles, a 23-year-old Alabama basketball player, and another man have been charged with capital murder after a woman, Janae Harris was killed in a shooting near the University of Alabama campus. The incident occurred just a few blocks from Tuscaloosa’s football stadium.

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Miles and his associate, Michael Lynn Davis, 20, were both charged with capital murder, according to Tuscaloosa Police Captain Jack Kennedy, because the victim was shot at while inside a moving vehicle.

In Alabama, capital murder is defined as “the intentional murder of a person committed by or through the use of a deadly weapon while the victim is in a vehicle.”

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Who was Janae Harris?

Janae Harris was born in 2002. She has a son. Harris passed away on January 16, 2023. 

Harris, was visiting her boyfriend and cousin at the University of Alabama when they got into a “minor altercation” with Miles, 21, and Michael Lynn Davis, 20, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The mother-of-one was a passenger in a car when she was shot and killed, according to Tuscaloosa Police, after Miles and Davis opened fire on her vehicle.

According to authorities, the driver of the car carrying Janae shot and injured one of the suspects, claiming that it was done in self-defense.

Miles, a resident of Washington, DC, and Davis, a resident of Maryland, have both been charged with capital murder, a crime that in Alabama includes the possibility of the death penalty.

Before the shooting around 1:45 a.m., the two parties allegedly got into a little fight on ‘The Strip,’ a neighborhood close to the university campus.

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DeCarla Cotton, Janae’s mother, claimed that Miles and Davis attacked her daughter because she would not talk to them while they were out.

Cotton wrote online, “Took my baby life because she wouldn’t talk to him! I will tell you that she was loved by all.  She was a beautiful young woman who loved her family and most of all, her five-year-old son Kaine. She was just trying to enjoy her weekend with her cousin that attends the University of Alabama and her boyfriend.”