Ronald Gasser found guilty of manslaughter in shooting death of Joe McKnight

New York Jets' Joe Mc Knight sits on the sideline during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis. Closing argument are expected Friday Jan. 26 2018 in the murde
Man convicted in road rage fatal shooting of ex-NFL player Joe McKnight

28 January, 2018

Gasser said he shot McKnight after the former football player "lunged" in his blue Infiniti when the men stopped at the Terrytown intersection. He said "We're obviously disappointed with the verdict". Gasser faces a maximum of 40 years in prison.

Defense attorney Matthew Goetz said he would appeal. The confrontation ended at an intersection, where McKnight exited his vehicle, approached Gasser's passenger window and was shot.

Gasser killed McKnight at at Terrytown intersection on December 1, 2016, after a 5-mile chase, spurred by road rage, that began on the Crescent City Connection. He later joined the National Football League, playing for the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets, ending his National Football League career in 2014.

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Prosecutors argued Gasser murdered McKnight in a fit of road rage.

A defense lawyer said McKnight was the aggressor throughout and Gasser fired in self-defense, fearing McKnight was about to attack him through his passenger window.

Shute cited the lack of gun powder on McKnight's body as evidence that McKnight had not been close to Gasser.

McKnight went on to play at the University of Southern California before being drafted in 2010 by NY, where he played until 2012. He signed with the University of Southern California, where he ran for 2,213 yards and 13 touchdowns and caught 66 passes for 542 yards and two scores in three seasons. Gasser never left the shooting scene and was initially freed after more than eight hours of questioning.

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

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