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Judge rejects Nouman Raja's request to be off house arrest

Police said Palm Beach Gardens Police officer shot and killed church drummer Corey Jones. WPEC.

Family members of slain church drummer Corey Jones emotionally told a packed courtroom that Nouman Raja, the man who shot their beloved one to death, should not be released from house arrest. And the judge agreed after calling it a luxury. The judge did clear the way for smaller modifications to Raja's bond agreement, like allowing him to mow his lawn.

"He should be in jail," said Sheila Banks, Corey's mother.

"House arrest is a luxury," said Clinton Jones, Sr., Corey's father. "I don't understand why he's complaining to get off house arrest. I think he's trying to take advantage of the system," he added.

Lawyers for Raja argued he's heavily in debt.

Raja works for Tactical Products Group in Boynton Beach. He's asking to attend trade shows to sell tactical equipment. Raja told the judge that, despite being surrounded by firearms, he won't have access to them.

The owner of the company says Raja, who makes about $42,000, could double his salary if he's allowed to represent the company at these shows.

Investigators say Raja shot and killed Jones as the musician waited for a tow truck on Oct. 18, 2015, in Palm Beach Gardens. Police said Raja, wearing plain-clothes and driving an unmarked vehicle, shot Jones after some sort of confrontation. Raja said he feared for his life, and his union told CBS12 he did identify himself as an officer. But according to the evidence released by investigators, Raja did not identify himself as a police officer.

A grand jury looked into the shooting and ruled it unjustified. Six months after the shooting, police arrested Raja on charges of manslaughter and attempted first-degree murder.

A trial date has been set for Oct. 30.



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