28 January, 2018
They also were allowed to consider lesser charges, including manslaughter or negligent homicide. "We also want to thank the jurors for their service and incredible attentiveness they spent following the evidence", Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick said in a statement. However, the prosecutors quickly shot down the allegations by proving that they didn't find any gun powder on Mcknight which would be visible if the victim was in close contact with the shooter.
Judge Ellen Shirer Kovach of 24th Judicial District Court will sentence Gasser on March 15th.
Ronald Gasser was found guilty after a jury in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, deliberated for more than seven hours, The Times-Picayune reported. The killing happened in December 2016. "He chose to nearly run Ronnie off an embankment", Goetz said.
Jurors in the trial of the man who shot former National Football League running back Joe McKnight have found the defendent Ronald Gasser guilty of manslaughter.
With the manslaughter charge, Gasser could be sentenced anywhere from zero to 40 years.
Prosecutors told jurors Friday that the evidence shows Gasser angrily pursued McKnight and shot him from inside his own auto.More news: United Kingdom economic growth for 2019 downgraded by International Monetary Fund amid Brexit uncertainty
The two reportedly began aggressively weaving through traffic before McKnight was followed off an exit by Gasser.
Closing arguments wrapped up Friday morning.
The deadly confrontation between Gasser and McKnight, 28, occurred at a traffic intersection in the New Orleans suburb of Terrytown, where the two men stopped their vehicles after shouting vulgarities at each other and driving erratically for about 5 miles.
During the trial, Gasser alleged that he shot McKnight when he lunged at him. Defense attorney argued Gasser feared for his life when he shot McKnight from his drivers seat.
Joe McKnight was killed in a road rage incident.