Judge wants Nouman Raja trial to begin next summer

060316+raja+first+appearance+04A judge on Wednesday set an ambitious timeline for the case of Nouman Raja, the former Palm Beach Gardens police officer accused of manslaughter and attempted murder in the shooting death fof 31-year-old stranded motorist Corey Jones.

Circuit Judge Samantha Schosbereg Feuer at a hearing Wednesday morning told attorneys in the case to come back for another hearing in February so they could hopefully put Raja’s case on track for a trial next summer.

But Chief Assistant State Attorney Brian Fernandes told Feuer that he has nearly 300 total expert witnesses on the state witness list so far and mus conduct dozens of interviews in the coming months.

Fernandes and defense attorney Richard Lubin told Feuer some of those witnesses live out of the area, so they will be traveling extensively through the rest of year to interview as many witnesses as they can.

The next hearing in the case has been set for Feb. 21.

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