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Updates on Troy Football Player Dimitri Miles' Arrest and Murder Charge

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Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2013

Dimitri Miles, a junior linebacker at Troy University, was arrested on Dec. 15 and charged with murder after allegedly shooting 26-year-old Marquise McClendon at a local apartment complex, the Troy Police Department has confirmed.

According to a police report obtained by AL.com, the department responded to an off-campus housing complex in Troy after hearing reports of a gunshot. After police found McClendon shot, emergency personnel brought him to a local hospital, but he was pronounced dead later in the day.

Miles, 21, was later found and charged with his connection with McClendon's death. Police have not released details on Miles' motives or any inciting incidents that may have caused the altercation, as this is an ongoing investigation.

A walk-on who started seven games in 2012, Miles recorded 44 total tackles and one sack and was considered a key to Troy's 2013 campaign. However, he was ruled academically ineligible for this past season and spent his year on the scout team.

Troy athletic director John Hartwell released a statement on the charges and Miles' involvement with the program:

First and foremost, anytime there is a loss of life it is a tragic event and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim and his family. Dimitri Miles was a walk-on student-athlete on our football team who was academically ineligible to compete in competition this past season, but practiced as a member of the scout team. His 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 also dismissed from the university, pending the result of the charges.

Left without a scholarship coming out of high school as a receiver, Miles moved to linebacker upon his arrival at Troy. Overall, he appeared in 22 contests in two seasons at the school.

Miles is currently being held at Pike County Jail on $100,000 bond.

 

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