Ronald Gasser Convicted of Manslaughter in Fatal Shooting of Joe McKnight

Posted January 28, 2018

A man who shot and killed former National Football League running back Joe McKnight during a traffic dispute was convicted Friday of manslaughter.

The jury deliberated for over seven hours on Friday after hearing six days of testimony during the trial, per the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

It's insane to think that it's been over a year since Joe McKnight was shot and killed at age 28 during an "apparent road rage" incident in Terrytown, LA. "Mr Gasser thought that Mr McKnight had thrown the gauntlet down", Shute told jurors, later adding: "He followed him off the exit". Defense attorneys had claimed Gasser feared for his life when he fired from his driver's seat at McKnight, who was standing at his open passenger-side window. Prosecutors said an autopsy disproved Gasser's claim that McKnight lunged at him, while acknowledging the 28 year old McKnight was driving dangerously. He could face upto 40 years in prison. "We're obviously disappointed with the verdict", he told The New Orleans Advocate as he left the courthouse.

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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.

State District Judge Ellen Kovach set a sentencing date of March 15. "He chose to nearly run Ronnie off an embankment", Goetz said.

Prosecutors told jurors Friday that the evidence shows Gasser angrily pursued McKnight and shot him from inside his own auto.

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McKnight emerged as a star in his three seasons with USC, rushing for 1,014 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior in 2009.

"Joe McKnight was a loving father and a genuine, kindhearted person", the Jets said in a statement on December 2, 2016.

Gasser was later arrested after law enforcement conducted a thorough investigation by gathering witness reports and physical evidence.

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