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.
Jamill Jones, 35, was arrested Thursday on misdemeanor assault charges for allegedly pummeling Boca Raton resident Sabor Szabo in the head early Sunday morning.
But on Friday, the NYPD said the attack has been ruled a homicide.
Jones, of Kernerville, North Carolina, slugged Szabo, 35, in the head for drunkenly banging on his car in Long Island City. Szabo, who was in town for his stepsister’s wedding, fell and hit his head on the pavement. He died Tuesday at the hospital.
The Queens DA’s Office didn’t immediately comment on whether it will charge Jones, an assistant to head coach Danny Manning, with murder.
But Jones’ lawyer Alain Messena said the homicide classification doesn’t necessarily mean murder charges are in the pipeline.
He pointed to the Eric Garner case, which was also ruled a homicide, though a Staten Island grand jury ultimately declined to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Panteleo in Garner’s death.
“I can tell you the reason why the charge is what it is now — the reason why it’s the appropriate charge — is because the District Attorney’s Office and I obtained information that the public does not have,” Messena told The Post on Friday morning.
“If we were to put all of the information out there, I think it would paint a different picture of that night. But our concern right now is to respect the fact that a family has lost its son.”
The city Medical Examiner’s Office didn’t immediately return a message.
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