Nouman Raja found guilty in shooting of Corey Jones

Corey Jones’ father and step-mother, Cliton Sr. and Kattie Jones, leaving the courtroom after the jury finds Raja guilty.

Greg Lovett of The Palm Beach Post

Corey Jones’ father and step-mother, Cliton Sr. and Kattie Jones, leaving the courtroom after the jury finds Raja guilty.

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Over three years ago, on-duty police officer Nouman Raja shot and killed Corey Jones, who was stranded on the side of the I-95 exit ramp to PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens. On March 7, a jury found Raja guilty of manslaughter and attempted murder, which could possibly put him behind bars for life.

On Oct. 18, 2015, Raja was on-duty in plain clothes and driving an unmarked vehicle when he responded to what he thought was an abandoned car. Jones was in his car, which had broken down on the side of the ramp. Jones was on a call with a roadside assistance company when Raja approached the car. Their conversation was recorded and later used in the trial.

At the time, Jones had a firearm on him, which he purchased three days prior. Raja claims he pointed the gun at him before Raja fired six shots, fatally shooting Jones three times, even as Jones tried to run away.

The trial was eight days long, with Corey Jones’ tearful family there every minute. The jury deliberated for almost four hours before reaching a decision.  The charges against Raja will put him behind bars for a minimum of 25 years or a maximum of life.