Former University of Miami player from Lake City accused of killing fellow player pleads not guilty

Published: Sep. 17, 2021 at 11:43 PM EDT
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MIAMI, Fla. (WCJB/AP) -A former University of Miami football player from Lake City has pleaded not guilty to charges of killing a teammate outside a South Florida apartment complex in 2006.

An attorney for 35-year-old Rashaun Jones entered the plea Friday morning after prosecutors formally filed second-degree murder charge against him.

Jones was arrested last month in Ocala. But he was long suspected in the death of 22-year-old defensive lineman Bryan Pata. Jones was originally arrested on a first-degree murder charge, and prosecutors said he could still face that charge.

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Pata was expected to be an early pick in the 2007 NFL draft but was gunned down as he returned home from practice.

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