The Latest: Prosecutor: Officer unlawfully killed motorist

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a former Florida police officer charged with killing a black motorist (all times local):

9:45 a.m.

A prosecutor told jurors a former Florida police officer was an “angel of death” for fatally shooting a stranded black motorist during a 2015 confrontation.

Prosecutor Brian Fernandes told jurors in his opening statement Tuesday that fired Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja’s actions escalated the confrontation, causing 31-year-old Corey Jones to believe he was a robber and pull his legally possessed handgun. That caused Raja to shoot him.

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 are expected to say in his opening statement he did identify himself and that he 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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2:30 a.m.

Opening statements are expected in the trial of a fired Florida police officer who is charged with the fatal 2015 shooting of a stranded black motorist.

Prosecutors are expected to tell jurors Tuesday that former Palm Beach Gardens police officer Nouman Raja’s actions made 31-year-old Corey Jones confuse him for a robber and pull his legally possessed handgun, causing Raja to shoot him. 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 show the 41-year-old Raja never identified himself as a police officer.

Raja’s attorneys are expected to argue he did identify himself and that he 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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