A member of the Troy Trojans football program is facing very serious legal charges stemming from an incident over the weekend, the Troy Messenger is reporting.
According to the paper, linebacker Dimitri Miles was charged with murder in connection to the death of 26-year-old Marquise Jermaine McLendon. Police allege that Miles shot McLendon a little before eight a.m. local time Sunday morning. McLendon was transported to a local hospital after his body was discovered in an apartment complex, and subsequently died as a result of the gunshot wounds.
Miles was arrested late Sunday afternoon. The police have yet to release any details as to what may have led to the shooting.
As a result of the charges, Miles has been dismissed from the football program. A dismissal from the university is pending the resolution of the charges.
“First and foremost, anytime there is a loss of life it is tragic event and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim and his family,” said athletic director John Hartwell. “[Miles'] association with our football team and the Troy Athletic Department has been terminated as a result of these charges which are associated with an incident that occurred off campus.”
Miles was a walk-on linebacker who was academically ineligible for the 2013 season. He had been practicing with the scout team, however.
Last season, Miles started seven games for the Trojans.
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