WF coach charged with assault in connection to death

Jamill Jones right was charged with assault in connection with a deadly attack on tourist Sandor Szabo in New York City

An assistant basketball coach at Wake Forest University in North Carolina was in court Thursday after turning himself in for allegedly punching a tourist who later died.

Jamill Jones, 35, confronted Sandor Szabo, 35, for banging on cars at about 1:15 a.m. near 41-10 29th Street in Long Island City, the New York Post reported, citing sources. Jones, said to have been parked in an SUV that Szabo knocked on, got out and punched him, after which Szabo was taken to a hospital, only to die of his injuries on Tuesday.

Security camera video shows Jones then leaving the area in a white SUV, police said.

"We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information", a Wake Forest spokesman said Thursday evening in a statement to the Raleigh News & Observer. He was arraigned today on a misdemeanor assault charge and released on his own recognizance after entering his plea. His family says he was visiting NY from Boca Raton, Florida, for a wedding. His attorney calls the encounter a "tragic accident".

Jamill Jones, during a November 28, 2017, Wake Forest game.

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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.

Wake Forest 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.

Szabo was "super outgoing, friendly, and an incredibly smart businessman", his digital marketing company, What If Media Group, wrote in a Facebook post. His family has said he was looking for his ride. "He was a really good person".

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

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