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Appeal Filed For Officer Seeking 'Stand Your Ground' Defense

The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Attorneys for a fired Florida police officer accused of unlawfully killing a stranded black motorist are appealing a judge's decision in hopes of getting his charges dismissed before trial.

Attorneys for Nouman Raja filed an appeal Wednesday arguing that Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer erred when she dismissed Raja's contention that he's protected by Florida's stand your ground law.

Raja, who's of South Asian descent, is charged with manslaughter for the 2015 death of 31-year-old Corey Jones.

Raja shot Jones alongside a darkened highway where Jones' SUV broke down. Raja was dressed in plainclothes and driving an unmarked van.

Prosecutors say he never identified himself as an officer, causing Jones to mistake him for a robber and pull a handgun. Jones had a concealed weapons permit.

Feuer agreed, saying Raja was the aggressor so stand your ground wouldn't apply.