Ex-Florida police officer's trial in fatal shooting of black motorist to go to jury

Closing arguments are scheduled Wednesday in the manslaughter and attempted murder trial of Nouman Raja for the fatal October 2015 shooting of Corey Jones.
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Nouman Raja, center, and his defense team watch as prospective jurors for his trial enter the courtroom on Feb. 25, 2019 in West Palm Beach, Florida.Lannis Waters / Palm Beach Post via AP pool

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By Associated Press

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The fate of a fired Florida police officer charged with fatally shooting a stranded black motorist will soon be before a jury.

Closing arguments are scheduled Wednesday in the manslaughter and attempted murder trial of Nouman Raja for the fatal October 2015 shooting of 32-year-old Corey Jones.

Raja was in plain clothes and driving an unmarked white van when he drove the wrong way up a darkened off ramp to Jones' stalled SUV.

Prosecutors say an audio recording shows Raja never identified himself and approached Jones aggressively, making him believe he was being robbed. They say that caused Jones to pull his legally possessed handgun. Raja then shot him repeatedly.

Raja's attorneys say identified himself and justifiably shot Jones because he feared for his life. If convicted, Raja faces a possible life sentence.