College basketball coach pleads not guilty in punch that killed tourist

College basketball coach pleads not guilty in punch that killed tourist

Former UCF assistant coach Jamil Jones was arrested and charged with assault after punching a man in New York City who later died.

Jones, of Kernersville, North Carolina, turned himself in to police earlier Thursday.

Jones' lawyer made the statement after his client was arraigned on a misdemeanor assault charge Thursday night at Queens Criminal Court for hitting Florida resident Sabor Szabo. He was released on his own recognizance and will return to court on October 2.

Jones has been charged after he reportedly punched a man Sunday on a Long Island City street.

Per the New York Post, the medical examiner has yet to determine if the punch allegedly thrown by Jones led to Szabo's death, and the charges against him could change.

Szabo, who was left unconscious after the altercation, died on Tuesday. The family believes he was knocking on vehicle windows to check on his ride when he knocked on the suspect's window.

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According to NBC New York, Szabo had knocked on Jones' auto window, mistaking the vehicle for his Uber ride.

Police say the coach got out, followed Szabo to the sidewalk, clocked him and sped off.

Head coach Danny Manning said at the time that Jones was a "well-respected bright mind" in the coaching world and brought "new blood" and "new perspectives" to Wake Forest.

In a statement, Wake Forest said it would comment further once it gathers more information. His attorney calls the encounter a "tragic accident".

Jones is entering his second year on Demon Deacons' coach Danny Manning's staff. Jones started his coaching career as an assistant coach with the Team Takeover AAU program after graduating from Arkansas Tech in 2008. "Sandor was super outgoing, friendly, and an incredibly smart businessman".

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