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College basketball coach pleads not guilty in punch that killed tourist

Wake Forest basketball coach charged in deadly Queens attack on tourist Modal Trigger Wake Forest assistant coach Jamill Jones and tourist Sabor Szabo. Getty Images Facebook
Kristopher Love | 10 August, 2018, 10:41

Jamill Jones, 35, was arrested Thursday in connection with the death of Sandor Szabo, of Boca Raton, Florida.

A college basketball coach who police say threw a punch that killed a New York City tourist has pleaded not guilty to an assault charge.

Jones allegedly punched Sabor Szabo in the face at 1:15 a.m. ET on Sunday morning after a confrontation.

Police say a college basketball coach threw a punch that killed a New York City tourist who knocked on his auto window thinking it was his Uber ride.

According to CBS News New York, the blow was so hard, Szabo fell backwards and hit his head on the concrete. He was arraigned today on a misdemeanor assault charge and released on his own recognizance after entering his plea.

His family said the marketing professional was leaving the hotel where his brother was staying and called for a vehicle to go back to his own hotel.

"We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information", Wake Forest said in a statement released Thursday evening. "We will make a further statement after we learn more about the matter". He was taken off life support Tuesday afternoon.

According to Jones' biography page on the Wake Forest website, he coached college basketball at Central Florida, Florida Gulf Coast and Virginia Commonwealth before coming to Wake Forest.

Jones is set to begin his second season on Danny Manning's Wake Forest staff after joining in the spring of 2017. The Philadelphia native graduated from Arkansas Tech in 2008. His family said he was in town for his brother's wedding and trying to get a ride at the time of the incident.

"We're going to say one thing and that's all".