Motive For Alleged Murder Of Woman Was ‘She Wouldn’t Talk To Him;’ Bama Coach Calls It ‘Senseless’

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The mother of the woman shot and killed early Sunday morning near the Alabama campus said her daughter died because she would not speak to Alabama basketball player Darius Miles and his friend Michael Lynn Davis.

“Took my baby’s life because she wouldn’t talk to him,” DeCarla Cotton said on Facebook Monday.

Cotton’s daughter is Jamea Jonae Harris, 23, of Birmingham.

Miles, a junior forward on the Crimson Tide basketball team, and Davis were both arrested on capital murder charges by Tuscaloosa Police Sunday. Both are being held in the Tuscaloosa County jail without bond. Police believe Davis was the shooter, but he used Miles’ gun.

Jamea Jonae Harris Of Birmingham Was Shot Dead

Both Miles, 21, and Davis, 20, are from the Washington D.C. area.

Harris was shot while in a vehicle at about 1:45 a.m. central time Sunday just off University Boulevard. She died in the vehicle, Tuscaloosa Police said.

Police announce Darius Miles arrest updates. He was an Alabama basketball player. (Credit: Tuscaloosa Jail)
Michael Lynn Davis (left) and Alabama basketball player Darius Miles have been charged with the murder of Jamea Jonae Harris, 23, of Birmingham. (Tuscaloosa Police photo)

Miles was immediately kicked off the basketball team.

Nate Oats: ‘An Incredibly Sad Situation’

“I just want to start today by offering our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jamea Jonae Harris,” Alabama basketball coach Nate Oats said at his weekly news conference on Monday afternoon. “She was a young woman, daughter, and mother, who was taken away too soon from a senseless act. This is an incredibly sad situation, and our hearts go out to her loved ones. We’re keeping them in our thoughts and prayers as they continue to grieve.”

Nate Oats
Alabama basketball coach Nate Oats directs his team at Auburn in the 2019-20 season. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)


No. 4 Alabama defeated LSU, 106-66, Saturday afternoon in Tuscaloosa with Miles on the bench with an ankle injury. Alabama had announced before the game that he would be out for the season with the injury. He had played in six games.

Alabama Basketball Coach Nate Oats: ‘Unimaginable Loss’

“With this being a pending investigation, there’s nothing that I can add that hasn’t already been shared,” Oats said. “Again, our sympathies to Jamea’s family following this unimaginable loss. This is a really difficult situation. We’re continuing to support each other as we process this and balance school and basketball.”

The Tide (15-2, 5-0 SEC) remained No. 4 in the Associated Press poll released Monday. Alabama plays at Vanderbilt (9-8, 2-2 SEC) on Tuesday (8:30 p.m., SEC Network).

“It’s really a tragedy all around,” Oats said.

Written by Glenn Guilbeau


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