Transcript for New Evidence in Corey Jones Death
We begin with the Florida church drummer killed by a plainclothes police officer after his car broke down. Hundreds gathering for a rally outside the police department and the family of Cory Jones demanding answers while their attorney reveals new details about the sddly encounter. Gio Benitez with more. Reporter: It's filled with mystery. There were no witnesses, no dash cam video and no body cam video. The only two who know what happened, the officer and the dead musician. This morning, emotions running high much the family of Cory Jones killed by an undercover officer on the side of a highway pleading for answers. He would not ever, ever, ever, ever, ever pull a gun on a police. Officer nouman raja was driving an unmarked car at the time of the shooting. Now attorneys for Jones' family say prosecutors told them he never displayed a badge. Why didn't he identify himself? Why didn't he show the badge? Reporter: Officer raja telling police this -- He stopped to investigate what he believed to be an abandoned vehicle. He was suddenly confronted by an armed subject. Reporter: Jones did have a gun. But his family's attorney says he had a concealed weapons license and that he never fired his weapon. The family says they were told the officer fired his gun six times striking Jones three times. It's very troubling on many, many levels why he felt the need to shoot Cory those many times. Reporter: Jones' family says his car broke down early Sunday morning after performing at a show seen in this video. His brother saying he spoke to him just 20 minutes before he died. His brother offered to come and get him. He said, no, I really need my car because I have to perform in church with the choir the next morning. Reporter: The family desperate to know more. I need to know why, why is my son gone today? Why. And the family says they were told that at one point Cory Jones ran. His body was found 80 to 100 feet away from his car. The gun was found somewhere in between. Officer raja is now on paid leave. Prosecutors won't confirm or deny what the family revealed but, George, they say they are investigating. I'll bet they are. Gio, thanks very much. Dan Abrams here right now. They're investigating but this has to be so tough to investigate. No independent eyewitness. You got certain details we may never know for certain. One of the most important questions, how clearly did he identify himself as a police officer? We're never going to know. We'll get his account and the police's comfort it but he's the only witness. Did he have a badge that he presented. Now, he may admit I didn't have my badge with me. We'll have to see but those are the sores of questions we may never know the answer to. The legal question, what would a reasonable police officer have done in a situation -- How significant that Cory Jones did appear to have a gun? You saw that account of what his lawyers say was found somewhere away from the body. He had a gun so there are other things we will be able to know. Meaning the ballistics and the crime scene investigation will be able to tell us a lot as to where was he shot? Does it seem he was running away. Was his gun truly not found anywhere near his body? Was he really 80 yards away from the car and if so, why was he so far away from the car? Was the police officer chasing him? I mean, those are going to be the sorts of things that ballistics will be able to tell us a lot about looking at the crime scene this will will be able to tell us a lot about and those will be the critical questions. One of those cases where a body cam could have made a big difference. It can make a big difference and answer a lot of questions and I think no matter how you look at this case I don't think this police officer is going to come and say this retrospect this needed to happen because it seems he was on the side of the road of the he was broken down and something happened where somebody misinterpreted something there. Dan Abrams, thanks very much.
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