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28 January 2018, 12:14 | Bernice Figueroa
Man convicted in road rage fatal shooting of ex-NFL player Joe McKnight
Ronald Gasser, the man who killed National Football League player Joe McKnight on Dec 2016 in a road rage incident was found guilty of manslaughter by a jury in New Orleans on Friday.
Closing arguments wrapped up Friday morning.
Per NOLA.com, Gasser admitted to shooting McKnight while sitting behind the wheel of his auto as McKnight stood at the open window on the passenger side December 1, 2016, in Terrytown, La., a suburb of New Orleans.
Prosecutors told jurors Friday the evidence shows Gasser angrily pursued McKnight and shot him from inside his own auto.
Gasser's attorneys filed motions that McKnight was the aggressor, and their client was acting in self defense when he fired off 3 shots.
McKnight was 28 years old. The lesser manslaughter charge could mean anywhere from zero to 40 years in prison.
He is facing a charge of second degree murder in the shooting death of former Saskatchewan Roughrider Joe McKnight.
Authorities said both Gasser and McKnight drove erratically before a confrontation at a traffic stop in Terrytown. McKnight, police said, was not in possession of a gun.
The two reportedly began aggressively weaving through traffic before McKnight was followed off an exit by Gasser.
Prosecutors told jurors Friday that the evidence shows Gasser angrily pursued McKnight and shot him from inside his own auto.
But Shute said Gasser had escalated the danger, taking McKnight's driving as a challenge.
McKnight was considered the No. 1 running back recruit in the country when he came out of John Curtis Christian School in Louisiana in 2006. He racked up 2,213 yards and 13 touchdowns and caught 66 passes for 542 yards and two scores in three seasons.
The case triggered protests after police initially released Gasser - who didn't flee from the shooting scene - after more than eight hours of questioning, and led some to question whether race had played a role in his release.
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