‘I didn’t wanna die,’ ex-cop says on video about killing Corey Jones

Jurors at the police shooting trial of Nouman Raja on Wednesday watched intense videos recorded within hours of the then-Palm Beach Gardens officer gunning down stranded motorist Corey Jones.

In one video from the morning of Oct. 18, 2015, Raja gave profanity-laced statements to investigators in which he insisted, repeatedly, that he was threatened at gunpoint and killed Jones in self-defense next to the highway off-ramp.

As this evidence was presented in court, Raja became noticeably upset, dropping his head at the defense table. He wiped his eyes and nose, and was comforted by lead attorney Richard Lubin, who put a hand on Raja’s shoulder.

Jurors for the second straight day then listened to prosecutors’ critical evidence in the manslaughter and attempted murder case: an audio recording of Jones’ call for roadside assistance. They contend it proves Raja lied both to detectives on the video, and to a 911 operator 30 seconds after the 3:15 a.m. shooting of the reggae band drummer.