The household of a girl killed in a taking pictures on the Tuscaloosa strip close to the College of Alabama campus has filed a federal wrongful dying lawsuit towards three males, together with formerstar , who was the No. 2 total decide within the 2023 NBA draft.
The opposite two males named within the grievance are former Alabama participant Darius Miles and Michael Davis, who're going through capital homicide costs within the taking pictures dying of Jamea Jonae Harris, 23, on Jan. 15. Miller was not charged with a criminal offense.
The lawsuit was filed in the US District Courtroom for the Northern District of Alabama Western Division and calls for a jury trial to award damages. The plaintiff, Decarla Raietta Heard, is Harris' mom and the consultant of her property. Harris, accompanied by her boyfriend, have been in Tuscaloosa visiting her cousin when she was shot within the early morning hours of Jan. 15.
Heard is represented by attorneys Kirby D. Farris and Malia D. Tartt of the Farris, Riley & Pitt regulation agency in Birmingham, Alabama. Within the lawsuit, they allege that Miles, Davis and Miller “knew or ought to have recognized that bringing a harmful weapon to a dispute and discharging mentioned weapon would possible end in hurt.” As well as, the grievance alleges that “as a direct or proximate consequence of the negligence or wantonness of every of the defendants” that Harris was induced to endure severe accidents leading to her dying.
Miller, a rookie with the, signed a contract in July price a complete of $41.1 million over 4 years. He'll make $9 million within the first yr of the contract.
A police investigator testified throughout a February listening to that Miller had been on the scene of the deadly killing and that the gun police declare was used within the killing of Harris was retrieved from the again of Miller's automotive.
However Miller's legal professional, Jim Standridge, mentioned Miller had “no information of any intent to make use of the weapon” and that he by no means touched the gun nor was he concerned in its trade or knew that criminality involving the gun would happen.
“Additional, it's our understanding that the weapon was hid underneath some clothes within the again seat of his automotive,” Standridge wrote in an announcement in February.
Farris advised ESPN that Harris' household needs to know the reality intimately about what occurred that evening.
“They want to hear testimony from all three of the younger males concerned regarding what they did, mentioned and noticed,” Farris mentioned. “The household would love the chance, via their attorneys, to analyze why and the way the gun was delivered to the scene of a confrontation that resulted within the dying of their daughter. As soon as we've had the chance to guage the proof within the case, we are able to make choices in regards to the diploma of culpability, if any, of every.”
Farris famous that an individual will be liable in a civil motion and never essentially be responsible of a felony act. Farris added that his agency has contacted the attorneys representing Davis and Miles and has additionally spoken to an legal professional representing the Hornets.
Miller advised reporters in March, “I by no means lose sight of the truth that a household misplaced certainly one of their family members that evening. This entire state of affairs is simply actually heartbreaking.”
ESPN's Liz Merrill contributed to this report.