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Ronald Gasser found guilty of manslaughter in Joe McKnight shooting death

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

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.

Goetz said Gasser told police he had taken the Gen.de Gaulle exit to get home before, and that it was McKnight who shouldn't have been on that road based on where his supervisor testified he was going that day. Provoked by the incident, Gasser pursued McKnight, which ended in a confrontation and a fatal shooting. And based on the lack of gunshot residue on McKnight's shirt, it appears McKnight was more than three feet away when Gasser shot him, Scanlan said.

Gasser faced second-degree murder charges after he allegedly shot McKnight three times with a.40-caliber semi-automatic handgun in the Terrytown suburb of New Orleans. Defense attorney Goetz said he planned to file for an appeal, reports said.

During the trial, Gasser alleged that he shot McKnight when he lunged at him.

Gasser told detectives he shot McKnight three times since he feared for his life, saying McKnight was lunging into his vehicle. "On Dec. 1, 2016, Mr. McKnight had a lot of choices". Manslaughter is defined by law as the killing of a person in "sudden passion or heat of blood immediately caused by provocation sufficient to deprive an average person of his self-control and cool reflection".

Shannon Swaim, another assistant district attorney, summed up the case by telling jurors that Gasser had been the aggressor as the incident drew to a close.

The jurors were brought back into the courtroom while the judge read again the definitions of second-degree murder, manslaughter and negligent homicide, along with the circumstances required for each charge.

"What happened on that bridge was a challenge", Shute said.

Gasser's account of that incident to police 10 years ago differed wildly from the one Shilling told to jurors this week. "But that's Mr. Gasser's fault".

It was Gasser who followed McKnight off the General De Gaulle Drive exit from the bridge and continued the back-and-forth, rolling argument that began on the Mississippi River bridge, Shute said.

She said it appears McKnight's hand was inside Gasser's vehicle, resting on the passenger door when he was shot.

According to WDSU's Scott Walker, Gasser faces up to 40 years in prison.

Gasser is expected to be sentenced March 15.



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