Judge cancels July trial date for Raja in Corey Jones killing

Attorneys for Nouman Raja want Corey Jones shooting case dismissed due to the Stand Your Ground law. (Palm Beach Gardens Police)

Former Palm Beach Gardens Police officer Nouman Raja will not be going to trial next month for the killing of church drummer Corey Jones.

A judge canceled July's tentative start date.

Raja's defense team challenged a judge's denial of his stand your ground claim. Now both sides are waiting to see if an appeals court will consider the case.

Investigators said Raja shot the church musician during what police called a confrontation on the off-ramp from I-95 to PGA Boulevard on Oct. 18, 2015. Raja, who claimed self-defense, faces charges of manslaughter and attempted first-degree murder. Police said Jones also had a gun and a permit to carry it, but didn't fire it during the encounter.

A judge ruled earlier this month Raja's use of force was not reasonable and he is not entitled to stand your ground immunity.

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