Of­fi­cer's trial de­layed in mo­torist's shoot­ing

South Florida Times - - NATION -

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The trial of a for­mer Florida po­lice of­fi­cer charged with man­slaugh­ter and at­tempted mur­der in the shoot­ing death of a black mo­torist has been de­layed.

Nouman Raja's trial was moved Tues­day from Oct. 30 to April 2 to give both sides more time to in­ter­view po­ten­tial wit­nesses. The 39-year-old for­mer Palm Beach Gar­dens of­fi­cer shot Corey Jones in Oc­to­ber 2015.

Jones' car had bro­ken down when he was con­fronted by Raja, who was work­ing un­der­cover. Pros­e­cu­tors say a taped con­ver­sa­tion Jones had with a tow truck dis­patcher shows Raja never iden­ti­fied him­self be­fore Jones pulled his gun. Jones had a con­cealed weapons per­mit.

Raja pulled his own gun and shot Jones. Pros­e­cu­tors say Raja lied to in­ves­ti­ga­tors, say­ing he iden­ti­fied him­self . He's of South Asian de­scent. He pleaded not guilty.

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Corey Jones died Oct. 18 af­ter be­ing shot three times by Palm Beach Gar­dens po­lice of­fi­cer Nouman Raja.

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