Hoops coach pleads not guilty in tourist death

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The Wake Forest basketball coach charged with punching a Florida tourist - who later died at the hospital - could potentially face murder charges after police upgraded the case to a homicide on Friday.

Jones, 35, of Kernersville, North Carolina, turned himself in to police today, accompanied by a lawyer. He allegedly punched Sandor Szabo in the face, knocking him to the pavement, after Szabo knocked on the window of Jones' SUV early Sunday.

Szabo apparently mistook the auto for an Uber that he had called.

He also spent time as an assistant coach at UCF, VCU and Florida Gulf Coast going back to 2013.

Wake Forest University tweeted a statement Thursday, saying, "We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information".

Szabo later died from his injuries, according to the New York Post's David K. Li.

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The incident is said to have taken place at 1:15 a.m. on Tuesday morning (Aug. 7). Massena said the encounter between Jones and Szabo was "a tragic accident and we will deal with it in the courts". "Mr. Jones and his family, their deepest condolences go out to the Szabo family".

According to CBS News New York, the blow was so hard, Szabo fell backwards and hit his head on the concrete.

The Queens DA's Office didn't immediately comment on whether it will charge Jones, an assistant to head coach Danny Manning, with murder.

"Sandor was a super outgoing, friendly, and incredibly smart businessman", his employer said.

"He was always upbeat, positive, kind and caring", the company said in a Facebook post.

A medical examiner's report will determine whether or not the punch was responsible for Szabo's death. He was fun to be with, interesting, and always interested.

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