Ex-Florida cop pleads not guilty in shooting of black man
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A fired Florida police officer has pleaded not guilty to charges related to the fatal shooting of a legally armed black musician who was waiting for a tow truck.
The Palm Beach Post reported today that 38-year-old Nouman Raja has entered a written plea of not guilty to one charge each of attempted murder and manslaughter by culpable negligence.
Raja was charged earlier this month in the Oct. 18 death of Corey Jones.
Jones' SUV had broken down on an Interstate 95 offramp before dawn. He had gotten out and called for a tow truck when Raja pulled up in an unmarked car, wearing civilian clothes.
Raja is of South Asian descent.
Jones and Raja apparently pulled guns on each other. Raja fired six shots, hitting Jones three times. Jones never fired.