Rashaun Jones’ Wife Ishenda Says ‘He’s Not A Murderer’ In The Bryan Pata 2006 Killing
Rashaun Jones was arrested last week, accused of killing his University of Miami football teammate Bryan Pata back in 2006.
Jones’ wife told Miami’s WPLG-tv that her husband is being wrongly accused.
“This is not something he is capable of,” Ishenda Jones said in an exclusive interview Tuesday afternoon. “He’s not a murderer. He’s not.”
While Ishenda Jones says police have the wrong guy, prosecutors believe they have enough evidence for a conviction.
Pata’s murder was a mystery that left its mark on the University of Miami. He was a star defensive lineman for the Hurricanes with the NFL draft in his reach.
But on Nov. 7, 2006, Pata was shot dead execution-style outside his apartment complex in Kendall.
Pata, then 22, would have turned 37 on Aug. 12.
Investigators honed in on Rashaun Jones, a UM defensive back who had some bad blood with Pata.
It would be 15 years before police made an arrest, which happened Thursday in Ocala.
“I heard them say, ‘Rashaun Jones, put your phone down. You’re under arrest,’” Ishenda Jones said.
The state attorney’s office says cellphone tower evidence is part of what led to his arrest.
Miami-Dade County police have not released many details into what other evidence they have against Jones, 35.