Closing arguments in former Rider Joe McKnight murder trial are underway

28 January, 2018, 00:20 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Man convicted in road rage fatal shooting of ex-NFL player Joe McKnight

"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.

Gasser shot McKnight after what prosecutors say was a road rage incident that included aggressive driving along a 5 mile route. "Mr Gasser thought that Mr McKnight had thrown the gauntlet down", Shute told jurors, later adding: "He followed him off the exit".

"They were both all over the place", motorist Jerrod Jones said, when prosecutors asked about the positions of Gasser and McKnight's vehicles on the road, per Bacon-Blood. He could face upto 40 years in prison.

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McKnight, a star football player at John Curtis who later played running back in the pros, died after Gasser shot him in Terrytown in 2016.

Gasser was found guilty of manslaughter, not the initial charge of second-degree murder, which carries a mandatory life sentence.

Matt Goetz, Gasser's attorney, said McKnight chose to pursue his client. McKnight was reportedly standing by the window on the passenger's side.

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Shute acknowledged that McKnight had a hand on the open, passenger side window of Gasser's vehicle before he was shot. McKnight, police said, was not in possession of a gun.

A top recruit in the class of 2007, McKnight rushed 347 times for 2,213 yards and 13 touchdowns, and caught 66 passes for 542 yards and 2 touchdowns in 3 seasons at USC. He later played for the Edmonton Eskimos and Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League.

The 56-year-old man had admitted to shooting McKnight on December 1, 2016 from the driver's seat of his auto and through the passenger's side window of McKnight's vehicle.

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

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