Prosecution rests in trial of officer who killed black man

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The prosecution has rested in the trial of a fired Florida police officer charged with the fatal 2015 shooting of a stranded black motorist.

News outlets report the State Attorney’s Office wrapped up its case Monday against former Palm Beach Gardens police officer Nouman Raja in the fatal shooting of 31-year-old Corey Jones. The defense began its case and will continue Tuesday.

Raja was working in plain clothes when he drove his unmarked white van the wrong way up a darkened Interstate 95 onramp. Prosecutors say an audiotape shows the 41-year-old Raja never identified himself as a police officer.

Raja’s attorneys say he did identify himself and shot Jones in self-defense.

Raja is of South Asian descent. He could get a life sentence if convicted of manslaughter and attempted murder.

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