Joe McKnight shooter found guilty of manslaughter

Joe McKnight shooter found guilty of manslaughter

The man who shot and killed former Chiefs and Jets running back Joe McKnight in December 2016 has been found guilty of manslaughter.

"We do not dispute that he was driving like a jerk", Assistant District Attorney Seth Shute told jurors in closing arguments, alluding to witness testimony that McKnight weaved in and out of traffic, cutting Gasser and others off, at high speed.

Police said the death had followed a 5-mile (8-kilometer) rolling confrontation that began with dangerously aggressive driving on a New Orleans bridge and ended with McKnight being shot as he stood outside Gasser's auto at a suburban intersection.

McKnight eventually exited his vehicle, at which point Gasser shot him through the passenger-side window. The defense argued that McKnight was the aggressor throughout and that Gasser fired in self-defense because it appeared the former NFLer may try and enter the vehicle through the passenger window.

Gasser said he shot McKnight after the former football player "lunged" in his blue Infiniti when the men stopped at the Terrytown intersection.

McKnight played in the National Football League as a running back for the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs from 2010 through 2014.

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Jurors were given four options from 24th Judicial District Judge Ellen Shirer Kovach per the Times-Picuyane.

Ronald Gasser, 56, was convicted after a Jefferson Parish, La., jury deliberated for more than 7 hours before delivering the verdict, per a report from the Times-Picayune's Littice Bacon-Blood. Gasser gave police a.40-caliber pistol and admitted shooting McKnight, Normand said in the first days of the investigation. "Gasser said, 'I'm not going to let it go.' If either of them had let it go, we wouldn't be here today".

Louisiana's self-defense laws demand police "get it right", Normand said at the time.

Matt Goetz, Gasser's attorney, said McKnight chose to pursue his client.

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.

But authorities didn't indict Gasser until some weeks after the shooting.

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