Fired Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja’s trial begins with jury selection Thursday. He is charged with manslaughter for the 2015 shooting of Corey Jones, a 31-year-old black musician.
Jones’ SUV had broken down when he was confronted by Raja, who was in plainclothes. Prosecutors say Raja never identified himself as a police officer, making Jones believe he was being robbed. Jones had a concealed-weapons permit and pulled a handgun. Raja shot him.
Raja’s attorneys say he identified himself and fired after Jones threatened him.
Florida last tried an officer for an on-duty killing in 1993.