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Judge denies convicted ex-officer Nouman Raja's new trial request

Posted at 8:39 AM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-18 08:57:16-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Palm Beach County judge has denied a retrial for a former Palm Beach Gardens police officer who shot a stranded motorist in 2015.

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

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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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