Florida Judge Denies Convicted Ex-Officer's New Trial Request

A Florida judge has denied a retrial for a former police officer who shot a stranded motorist.

The Palm Beach Post reports that Tuesday's order by Circuit Judge Joseph Marx doesn't explain why he denied the request.

Former Palm Beach Gardens police officer Nouman Raja was convicted of manslaughter by culpable negligence and first-degree attempted murder last month in the killing of Corey Jones.

The 31-year-old musician's van had broken down along Interstate 95 when Raja confronted him and shot him. The 41-year-old former officer was the first in Florida to be convicted of an on-duty shooting in 30 years. He now faces a minimum of 25 years in prison when he's sentenced on April 25.

Jones was black and Raja is of Asian descent.

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