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Hoops coach pleads not guilty in tourist death

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

Jamill Jones, an assistant for Wake Forest men's basketball team, has been charged with assault in connection with a tourist's death in Long Island City, NY, according to the New York Post.

Sandor Szabo died after he tapped on a auto window, mistaking it for his Uber ride, and was allegedly punched by the driver before hitting his head on the pavement in NY.

Jones turned himself into police Thursday afternoon and was arraigned Thursday night at Queens County Criminal Court. While intoxicated, the 35-year-old proceeded to bang on cars, including Jones' SUV, in search of his ride.

The family said Szabo was waiting on a ride to take him to the hotel and was knocking on vehicle windows.

Jones joined the Wake Forest basketball program in May 2017, according to the team's website.

A spokesman for Wake Forest said university officials are aware of the arrest.

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

"The court made the proper ruling with the charges, and the district attorney's office made the proper ruling with the charges", Jones' lawyer, Alain Massena, said.

Szabo, also 35, was taken off life support Tuesday. "Mr. Jones and his family, their deepest condolences go out to the Szabo family".

On Friday, Wake Forest announced that Jones was on leave by athletic director Ron Wellman. "Sandor was super outgoing, friendly, and an incredibly smart businessman".

"He was always upbeat, positive, kind and caring", the post continued. He was fun to be with, interesting, and always interested. We're going to say one thing and that's all.

"His attractive spirit and his love of life will remain with us", the company said.

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