Judge aims to set trial date in Corey Jones fatal shooting for summer 2017

Nouman Raja charged in fatal shooting of musician stranded on I-95

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor
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Corey Jones was fatally shot by former Palm Beach Gardens police Officer Nouman Raja in October 2015.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A judge hopes to set a trial date for next summer for the former South Florida police officer charged in the fatal shooting of Corey Jones.

Nouman Raja, who did not appear in court for Wednesday's status hearing, was arrested in June on charges of manslaughter by culpable negligence and attempted first-degree murder with a firearm.

Jones, 31, was fatally shot last year by the former Palm Beach Gardens police officer.

A Palm Beach County judge set the next status hearing for Feb. 21. She said she expects to set a date for the trial sometime in the summer of 2017.

Police said Jones was stranded on the side of an Interstate 95 exit ramp on Oct. 18, 2015, when he was shot by Raja, who was not in uniform and was driving an unmarked van.

Jones, who was a drummer in a reggae band, was leaving a performance in Jupiter early that morning when his SUV broke down.

Raja was fired about a month after the shooting. He is out of jail on a $250,000 bond.

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