Hoops coach pleads not guilty in tourist death

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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.

Jamill Jones of Kernersville was charged Thursday morning with misdemeanor assault, NBC New York reported.

Szabo, of Boca Raton, was hospitalized in critical condition and died two days later, according to his employer in Florida.

A person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press that Szabo may have been drunkenly banging on vehicle windows before Jones allegedly confronted him.

The coach got out, followed Szabo to the sidewalk, clocked him and sped off, police said.

Wake Forest released a statement Thursday night saying, "We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information". He was released on his own recognizance and will return to court on October 2.

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"It's an unfortunate and tragic incident", Jones' attorney, Alain Massena, told ESPN. His family has said he was looking for his ride.

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

Jones, a Philadelphia native, previously coached at Virginia Commonwealth and Florida Gulf Coast. His family says he was visiting NY from Boca Raton for a wedding.

Jones is entering his second year on Demon Deacons' coach Danny Manning's staff.

Szabo, also 35, was "super outgoing, friendly, and an incredibly smart businessman", his company, at What If Media Group, said. "He was fun to be with, interesting, and always interested".

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