The New York Times has walked back its previous reporting in the lethal January shooting at Tuscaloosa's Strip that named Alabama freshman guard Kai Spears as a fourth witness in Brandon Miller's car.

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The retraction on Friday evening comes after an Alabama basketball manager, Cooper Lee, acknowledged in presence in Brandon Miller's car at the scene of the killing. Miller and Lee do not face charges in the case.

“We have a longstanding policy of correcting errors,” Times spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades Ha said in a statement.

“Based on information in the affidavit and new reporting by our newsroom, we believe our original story was not accurate and plan to append an editor’s note to the story.”


Initial coverage from The New York Times on March 15 falsely claims Spears was there on the night of Jamea Harris' death. A lawsuit filed against the Times by the Spears family claims its reporting "will forever label him as a person associated with a murder."

Two men, former Alabama basketball player Darius Miles and friend Michael Davis, remain in the Tuscaloosa County Jail for capital murder.

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