Former football player accused of murder

Published 11:00 pm Monday, December 16, 2013

Police say a former Troy University football player used a stolen gun when he shot a man to death early Sunday.

Dimitri Miles, 21, of Lafayette, Ga., was charged with murder, receiving stolen property (second degree) and possession of marijuana. He was being held in the Pike County Jail on $110,000 in bonds.

Police say Miles shot and killed Marquise McLendon, 26, of Troy, during an attempted burglary.

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According to TPD spokesperson Lt. Bryan Weed, police were called to Trojan Crossing apartments about 7:55 a.m. Sunday for a report of shots fired. There, they found Miles who told them someone had been shot inside Apartment No. 13, which was not his residence.

“It appears McClendon was in the commission of burglary at the time,” District Attorney Tom Anderson said. “The defendant confronted the deceased and fired multiple shots.”

The gun used in the shooting, a Glock 9mm, was found in Miles’ apartment in the complex. It was stolen from Paulding County, Ga. Miles admitted, the report says, to purchasing the gun from a friend in Georgia.

Anderson also said McClendon was unarmed at the time of the shooting.

“Based on processing the scene and the interview of (Miles), (McClendon) was not armed and made no threat, expressed or implied,” Anderson said.

According to the court records, Miles confessed to shooting McClendon late Sunday afternoon.

Miles was charged with murder, receiving stolen property and possession of marijuana. The marijuana charged stemmed from a search of Miles’ apartment. His roommate, Bryon Dedric Mcdonald, 21, of Birmingham, also was charged.

Troy University Athletics Director John Hartwell said Miles had been cut from the team. “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,” Hartwell said in a statement. “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.”

Troy University Dean of Students Herbert Reeves said Miles had been “immediately suspended” until the charges are settled.