A former University of Miami football participant pleaded not guilty on Friday to payments of killing a teammate exterior a South Florida rental tough in 2006.

An approved expert for Rashaun Jones, 35, entered the plea all by a distant courtroom docket docket listening to after prosecutors formally filed second-degree homicide value in route of him.

Jones, who was arrested last month, was long suspected in the death of Bryan Pata, 22. Jones was initially arrested on a first-degree homicide value, and prosecutors acknowledged he would possibly nonetheless face that value. But to indict him on that value, prosecutors would have to current the case to a grand jury.

Pata was anticipated to be an early choose contained in the 2007 NFL draft following his fourth and shutting season with the Hurricanes. The 6-foot-4, 280-pound (1.9-meter, 127-kilogram) defensive lineman was shot a whole lot of circumstances exterior of his Kendall rental the night time of Nov. 7, 2006.

Some witnesses claimed to hear arguing after which gunshots. Despite having a whole lot of {{{dollars}}} in his pockets, neither the automobile nor the money have been taken, police acknowledged.

Investigators acknowledged they realized by the use of pretty just some interviews that Pata and Jones, who carried out three seasons with the Hurricanes, had knowledgeable confrontations prior to the capturing. Pata beforehand beat his teammate all by a struggle, officers acknowledged. And Pata’s brother educated investigators that Jones had threatened to shoot Pata two months prior to his demise. Despite the urging of his brother, Pata definitely not reported the menace.

During two interviews with detectives, Jones educated investigators that he was at his private residence and positively not left on the night time of Pata’s demise. But info present that Jones’ cellphone was utilizing fully fully completely different cell towers all through the time of the capturing, authorities acknowledged. And an eyewitness inside the home on the time of the capturing acknowledged Jones in {{a photograph}} lineup, police acknowledged.