Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Hoops coach pleads not guilty in tourist death

Hoops coach pleads not guilty in tourist death

Wake Forest assistant coach Jamill Jones has been charged with assault in the case of a Queens attack that led to the death of a Florida tourist, according to The New York Post.

Jamill Jones, 35, was arrested Thursday on misdemeanor assault charges for allegedly pummeling Boca Raton resident Sabor Szabo in the head early Sunday morning.

Jamill Jones, 35, was arraigned in NY on third-degree assault charges, court records show.

Police say Szabo banged on Jones' SUV window, apparently thinking the vehicle was his Uber ride. Szabo's brother said he thought Szabo may have mistaken an SUV for a cab, according to the New York Daily News.

Jones, an assistant basketball coach at Wake Forest University, punched Szabo in the face, police said.

A spokesman for Wake Forest said university officials are aware of the arrest. He eventually died from his injuries. Investigators say that Jones got out and punched Szabo in the face; his head hit the pavement when he fell back and he lost consciousness.

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The NYPD had posted an image Monday taken from surveillance video showing a man they wanted to question in connection with the incident, which occurred at approximately 1:15 a.m. Sunday.

"The court made the proper ruling with the charges, and the district attorney's office made the proper ruling with the charges", Jones' lawyer, Alain Massena, said. He's due back in court October 2.

Wake Forest is coached by former National Basketball Association star Danny Manning.

Szabo, also 35, was "super outgoing, friendly, and an incredibly smart businessman", said his company, at What If Media Group, based in Fort Lee, New Jersey. He was kind, giving, loving and enjoyed life to the fullest.

NYPD issued a Crime Stoppers alert to help find Jones who later turned himself in with an attorney.

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