Riviera Beach man on trial for 2014 alleged retaliation murder

Corey Jackson
Corey Jackson

A trial began Monday for a 26-year-old accused of shooting a man five times in Riviera Beach nearly two years ago after accusing the victim of having pointed a gun at him.

Corey Jackson, 26, turned down a last-minute plea offer from prosecutors, according to court records, opting to stand trial instead for the Nov. 20, 2014 murder of 29-year-old Paul Johnson.

A witness told police that when Paul Johnson got out of his car that afternoon in the 1100 Block of West 31st Street, Jackson was standing on the other side of the roadway and repeatedly called Johnson over to him.

They met in the roadway, witnesses said, and Jackson allegedly questions Johnson about whether he had pointed a gun at him. One witness said Jackson referenced the gun incident as having happened a day earlier, another told police the shooter merely mentioned a prior date.

Paul Johnson
Paul Johnson

Johnson, they said, denied the shooting, and according to one witness Jackson told him a woman connected to Johnson had told him differently. The exchange ended in gunfire, and police found Johnson shot five times.

Johnson was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital, where he later died of his injuries.

In addition to first-degree murder, Jackson – who has a 2008 conviction for a felony marijuana sales charge – is facing a felony gun possession charge.

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