MIAMI (CBSMiami) – An attorney for Rashaun Jones, accused of the murder of his former Miami Hurricanes teammate Bryan Pata, entered a not guilty plea on his client’s behalf.
Jones did not attend the virtual hearing.READ MORE: Miami Proud: Artist Edouard Duval-Carrié's Work Focuses On Haitian People And Its History
Jones, 35, was arrested on August 19th in Marion County. He’s charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond.READ MORE: Prayer Vigil Scheduled Thursday For Slain Hollywood Police Officer Yandy Chirino
Pata was shot and killed in the parking lot of his Kendall apartment complex on November 7, 2006, following a Hurricanes football practice. He was 22 years old.
In a release announcing Jones’ arrest, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office explained police learned through numerous interviews that Pata allegedly had previous ongoing issues with Jones including a physical altercation where Pata beat Jones.MORE NEWS: Miami-Dade Public Schools Could Ease Mask Mandate By End Of Month, Reports Herald
Two months before Pata’s death, he told his family that Jones had allegedly threatened to shoot him in the head, however, he did not report it.