Corey Jones

Palm Beach Gardens Officer Charged in Murder of Black Motorist Has Trial Delayed

The trial of a former Palm Beach Gardens 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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