The Latest: Hoops coach pleads not guilty in tourist death

NEW YORK – The Last of the college basketball coach accused of throwing a punch that led to the death of a New York City tourist (all times are local):

11:15 pm

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

Wake Forest University assistant coach Jamill Jones was arraigned Thursday night on a felony sexual assault charges and released on his own recognizance.

Police say Jones attacked digital marketing guru Sandor Szabo about 1:15 a.m. last Sunday in Queens, causing him to fall and break his head on the pavement. Police say Szabo, visiting from Boca Raton, Florida, knocked on the window of Jones’ SUV, while looking for his ride after his stepsister’s wedding.

Police say the coach stepped out, followed Szabo on the sidewalk, clocked him and went off.

Jones, of Kernersville, North Carolina, gave himself up to the police earlier Thursday. His lawyer calls the meeting a “tragic accident.”


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

Wake Forest assistant coach Jamill Jones was Thursday arrested and accused of abuse.

His lawyer was not immediately available.

A spokesperson says Wake Forest has no immediate comment on the 35-year-old Jones’ arrest.

Police say Jones confronted Sandor Szabo on a Queens street around 1:15 a.m. Sunday. They say that the punch caused Szabo to fall and hit his head on a sidewalk.

Szabo, 35, was taken off life support Tuesday. His family says that he was in New York from Boca Raton, Florida, for a wedding.

Jones, a Philadelphia native, previously coached at Central Florida, Virginia Commonwealth and Florida Gulf Coast.

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