Hoops coach pleads not guilty in tourist death


Hoops coach pleads not guilty in tourist death

Wake Forest basketball coach Jamill Jones sent his condolences to the family of a tourist who died after Jones allegedly slugged him in the head during a dispute in Long Island City. Jones was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court Thursday evening, and he has been charged with third-degree assault with intent to cause physical injury to another person.

Jones is accused of punching 35-year-old, Sandor Szabo, who is from Florida, and was in NY for a wedding in Long Island.

Szabo, also 35, was taken off life support Tuesday.

When the man allegedly banged on Jones' auto, the second-year Wake Forest coach reportedly punched him. Jones fled the scene inside a white SUV, according to the police report.

Wake Forest assistant coach Jamill Jones was arrested Thursday and charged with assault.

He fell and hit his head on a sidewalk after he was punched on Sunday about 1am in Queens. Jones was released on his own recognizance and was ordered to return to court on October 2.

His lawyer, Alain Massena, described the incident as a "tragic accident".

In a statement, Wake Forest said the school would comment further once it gathered more information.

The investigation is ongoing, and charges against Jones could be upgraded, police said.

As an assistant coach at Wake Forest, Jones joined the staff in May 2017. The Philadelphia native graduated from Arkansas Tech in 2008.

"He was always upbeat, positive, kind and caring", the post read.

Szabo, who lived in Boca Raton with his brother, always had a bright smile and shared a love of fishing, cooking and family, the company said.

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