By CBSMiami.com Team

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.

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Jones, 35, was arrested on August 19th in Marion County. He’s charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond.

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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.

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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.

CBSMiami.com Team