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Autopsy: Death ruled homicide as Wake Forest assistant placed on leave


The New York Medical Examiner has ruled that the death of a tourist caused by a punch from Wake Forest assistant coach Jamill Jones is a homicide.

The medical examiner determined that Sandor Szabo, 35, died as the result of a blunt force trauma to his head that was caused when he fell and hit the pavement after getting punched by Jones. According to police, on early Sunday morning, Szabo confused Jones’ car with that of an Uber that he had called. After banging on the window -- and, allegedly, punching another person -- Jones punched Szabo and knocked him to the ground, where he hit his head.

Jones has been charged with third-degree assault, a misdemeanor in New York, although those charges could be elevated as a result of the medical examiner’s findings. He placed on leave by Wake Forest. He was released on his own recognizance and ordered to return to court on Oct. 2nd.

“This was a tragic accident and Mr. Jones and his family send their deepest condolences and their thoughts and prayers to the Szabo family,” Jones attorney said in a statement following Jones’ first hearing.