Jury finds Ronald Gasser guilty of manslaughter in Joe McKnight shooting

Joe Mc Knight was killed in a road rage incident

Joe Mc Knight was killed in a road rage incident

He is facing a charge of second degree murder in the shooting death of former Saskatchewan Roughrider Joe McKnight. The confrontation ended at an intersection, where McKnight exited his auto, approached Gasser's passenger window and was shot.

According to Gasser, he feared for his life when McKnight made an aggressive movement, or lunged in such a way as to attempt to get inside his vehicle.

Jurors began deliberations Friday afternoon in the case of the 56-year-old Gasser, which involved six days of testimony from state witnesses.

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.

Swaim gave the final rebuttal after Goetz said Gasser wasn't pursuing McKnight down the exit that day but simply taking an alternate route.

Shute acknowledged that McKnight had a hand on the open, passenger side window of Gasser's vehicle before he was shot.

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

Prosecutors said after the trial they were happy with the verdict and that McKnight's family was satisfied as well.

McKnight had been considered one of the best running backs in the country while playing at the University of Southern California in 2007.

Gasser claimed self-defense, saying McKnight had lunged at him, but investigators argued the lack of gunpowder residue on McKnight's body suggested the former National Football League player had not been as close to Gasser as he had claimed to law enforcement. He racked up 2,213 yards and 13 touchdowns and caught 66 passes for 542 yards and two scores in three seasons.

Gasser's release ignited protests, and the authorities were accused of letting Gasser go because he is white and McKnight was black.

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

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