The Corey Jones killing: What you need to know as jury selection starts for ex-cop’s trial

It’s been a quarter-century since a cop stood trial in Palm Beach County for an on-duty shooting.

That streak is over because Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer Nouman Raja shot and killed stranded motorist Corey Jones during an encounter at 3:15 a.m. Oct. 18, 2015.

The tipping point for prosecutors in their decision to charge Raja the following June was the discovery of a recording of Jones’ call to roadside assistance.

The audio contains both the confrontation and the gunshots, evidence they say belies Raja’s self-defense claims.

Just after 3 a.m., Raja was responding to a call for a disturbance at a Marriott hotel. That’s when he spotted the Hyundai parked on the west shoulder of the I-95 off-ramp. Raja got a supervisor’s permission to check what he assumed was an abandoned SUV.