Andrew Pestano

Former Palm Beach Gardens Officer Charged in Fatal Shooting to Use ‘Stand Your Ground' Defense

Former Palm Beach Gardens police officer Nouman Raja's attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the charges against Raja under the "Stand Your Ground" law.

Raja faces manslaughter and attempted murder charges in the 2015 fatal shooting of Corey Jones. The court documents were filed Thursday, WPTV reports.

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

Raja pulled his own gun and shot Jones. Prosecutors said Raja lied to investigators, claiming he identified himself. He has pleaded not guilty and his trial date is set for April.

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