The Alabama basketball program has been in the headlines for all of the wrong reasons the past 24 hours, with star freshman Brandon Miller being tied to the capital murder trial of former teammate Darius Miles.
On Tuesday, reports surfaced that Miller had provided Miles will the gun that was ultimately used in the fatal shooting of 23-year-old Jamea Jonae Harris, the mother of a five-year-old boy. There were also unfounded claims that Miller had blocked Harris’s vehicle so that it was unable to drive away before the deadly gunfight.
Now, Miller’s attorney is speaking out.
Not only does Miller’s attorney Jim Standridge maintain Miller’s innocence, he says that Miller “never knew that illegal activity” would occur while also clearing up “misstatements in reporting” that came from the courtroom on Tuesday.
Miller has not been charged with any crime.
You can read the full statement from Mr. Standridge on Miller’s behalf below, via Jeff Goodman of Stadium.
Brandon Miller’s attorney released a statement: pic.twitter.com/81AhA6S7l3
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) February 22, 2023
“As one of the attorneys for Brandon Miller, I want to provide additional facts on Brandon’s behalf in response to misstatements in reporting yesterday regarding Brandon. Brandon and his family are horrified and saddened by the events that led to the senseless death of Ms. Harris and continue to offer their most sincere thoughts and prayers for her family,” the statement read.
“On January 14th Brandon played a basketball game in the afternoon and later was asked by Darius Miles for a ride to the Strip area to go to a night club. Mr. Miles brought his legal handgun and left it in the back seat of Brandon’s vehicle. Brandon never saw the handgun nor handled it. Further, it is our understanding that the weapon was concealed under some clothing in the back seat of his car.
“Brandon did not go inside the nightclub. Instead, he left and went to a restaurant to eat. At approximately midnight, Mr. Miles began asking Brandon to come pick him up so that they could leave and go to another location and job friends. Brandon advised that he would be along later, and, approximately, one hour later, Brandon began to leave the restaurant to pick up Mr. Miles, but first had to give another companion a ride home.
“Before Brandon arrived to pick up Mr. Miles, Mr. Miles and the individual with Ms. Harris apparently exchanged words. Without Brandon knowing any of this context, and as Brandon was already on the way to pick up Mr. Miles, Mr. Miles texted Brandon and asked him to bring him his firearm. Brandon subsequently arrived at the scene to pick up Mr. Miles. Brandon never got out of his vehicle or interacted with anyone in Ms. Harris’ party. He was never involved in a verbal altercation with Cedric Johnson or Mr. Davis. Brandon never touched the gun, was not involved in its exchange to Mr. Davis in any way, and never knew that illegal activity involving the gun would occur.
“Brandon did not block the jeep driven by Mr. Johnson. In fact, Brandon had already parked on Grace Street when the jeep pulled up behind him. The street was never blocked by Brandon’s vehicle. Gunfire erupted shortly after the jeep arrived and Brandon’s vehicle was struck by bullets fired from one of the guns. Brandon quickly left the area when gunfire erupted. As soon as he was notified that someone had been injured and the police wished to speak with him, he has fully cooperated with law enforcement’s investigation.
“All of the events described above are clearly captured on video. There is no dispute about Brandon’s activities during this evening.
“Brandon has submitted to multiple interviews to assist law enforcement in further understanding the situation, he has volunteered to have his phone contents extracted as well as that of the contents of his automobile. He will continue to cooperate as any citizen should who has witnessed a serious incident. Brandon does not own a firearm and has never handled a firearm. Moreover, he had no knowledge of any intent to use any weapon.”
Miles has admitted to then handing the gun to Michael Davis, who fired the deadly shots, according to court records.
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