WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A former South Florida police officer charged in the fatal shooting of Corey Jones has been denied a request to have his house arrest modified so that he can attend an event at his daughter's school.
Nouman Raja appeared in court Thursday morning in West Palm Beach.
The motion, filed last Friday, sought to have Palm Beach County Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer alter the terms of Raja's house arrest. However, the judge denied his request.
Raja was arrested in June on charges of manslaughter by culpable negligence and attempted first-degree murder with a firearm.
Police said Jones, 31, 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.
During Thursday's hearing, Raja's wife explained to the judge how important the event is to their daughter.
"Every day she says, 'You know, mommy, daddy, everybody's parents are coming,'" Raja's wife said.
His daughter was also the reason Raja sought and was granted a modification of his house arrest last month. The judge previously ruled that Raja could be permitted in his backyard and on his patio between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Dec. 18. All other conditions remained in effect.
Jones' stepmother, Katie Jones, attended the hearing and read a family statement as to why the judge shouldn't grant the special condition. She said Raja is already enjoying the luxury of house arrest instead of jail.
"It just keeps dragging things out," Katie Jones told Local 10 News after the hearing. "It just keeps rubbing salt in the wounds. It's just still very fresh for us. We just can't seem to let it go, and this type of behavior, for him to continue to ask for additional privileges, he just needs to let this go."
Raja was fired about a month after the shooting. He is out of jail on a $250,000 bond.
A deposition is scheduled for Feb. 13 at the state attorney's office. A trial date has not yet been set.