Ex-cop's stand your ground claim denied

Ex-cop's stand your ground claim denied

A Palm Beach County judge has denied the former Palm Beach Gardens Police officer's claim his fatal 2015 shooting was justified under the "stand your ground" defense.

Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer decided Nouman Raja will have to face trial and cannot have charges against him dismissed for the death of Corey Jones based on Florida's "stand your ground" defense.

Raja is charged with manslaughter and attempted murder for shooting and killing Jones in Oct. 2015 on the Palm Beach Gardens Blvd exit ramp of Interstate 95 when Jones's car broke down.

The Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office says Raja approached Jones's vehicle in an unmarked van, dressed in plainclothes and never identified himself as an officer.

Raja's attorneys argued in a two-day hearing last month that the shooting was justified.

Prosecutors, however, say Raja was the aggressor. "He did nothing but recklessly run into a situation and cause an individual to get killed," said assistant state attorney Brian Fernandes during opening statements of the hearing.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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