According to court documents filed on Thursday, former Alabama basketball player Darius Miles, one of the two men charged with capital murder in the death of Jamea Jonae Harris, will not receive immunity in the case. The incident occurred near the strip in Tuscaloosa, and the decision comes after Miles’ attorney requested immunity for his client.
During the case, Miles’ defense team argued that he should be granted pretrial immunity due to the claim of self-defense. However, court documents reveal that Judge Daniel Pruet denied this motion after reviewing the evidence presented during the hearings on August 21 and 22, as well as September 29. The motion was denied despite the efforts of Miles’ legal team.
During the hearing, several pieces of evidence were presented, including surveillance and dash camera footage, a recording of a 911 call, data retrieved from cell phones, and body camera footage from a police officer. Additionally, testimony was given by three eyewitnesses to the incident. All of these sources provided valuable insights into the events that occurred and helped to shed light on the situation at hand.
In his 10-page ruling, Pruet pointed out several instances where Miles’ defense was unable to prove that he acted in self-defense due to fear for his safety before the shooting occurred.
According to the motion, despite the statute only mandating that Miles present his evidence by a preponderance of the evidence, the evidence that was presented during the hearing did not meet this standard.
Miles, who has pleaded not guilty, could either opt for a plea deal or go to trial for the next phase of the case.
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