Friday, August 20, 2021

Teammate charged with 2006 murder of Miami Hurricanes star Bryan Pata

The New York Post is reporting that "Former University of Miami football player Rashaun Jones has been arrested on a first-degree charge murder in connection with the death of his teammate Bryan Pata in 2006, according to the Miami Herald."

"The 15-year cold case drew renewed attention last year when ESPN wrote a story naming Jones, 35, as a “suspect” listed in police records for the first time. Pata was a 22-year-old defensive lineman on a path to the NFL when he was shot in the back of the head and killed outside an apartment complex."

"Pata’s girlfriend formerly dated Jones, and Pata had beaten up Jones at least twice when romantic relationships caused tension, the report said. That prompted Jones to warn Pata that he better get a gun in self-defense, according to ESPN." AYFKM?

"On the same day Pata was murdered, Jones was suspended from the football team for his third failed marijuana test. He also skipped the meeting called by coaches after word of Pata’s death began to spread, according to ESPN. Jones allegedly asked a friend for money to leave town that night and changed his phone number."

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