The trial in a road-rage taking pictures that took the lifestyles of former NFL soccer participant and Saskatchewan Roughrider Joe McKnight started Tuesday in a New Orleans suburb, the place a pass judgement on and lawyers have been wondering dozens of doable jurors.
Ronald Gasser, 56, is charged with 2d-level homicide in the Dec. 1, 2016, taking pictures of the participant who started his profession as an area highschool soccer megastar. Initially charged with manslaughter, Gasser was once indicted on the worse rate final February. He has pleaded now not to blame.
Gasser, who stays jailed with bond set at $750,000, was once dressed in a depressing blue pinstripe swimsuit as he entered the court, accompanied through sheriff’s deputies.
McKnight, 28, was once a working again, regarded as a most sensible recruit when he got here out of John Curtis Christian School. He performed faculty ball at Southern California sooner than 3 seasons with the New York Jets and one with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Jury variety was once set to start in the court of state District Judge Ellen Kovach. Gasser’s lawyers have solid McKnight because the aggressor and are anticipated to argue Gasser fired in self-protection.
If convicted as charged, Gasser would face a compulsory sentence of lifestyles in jail.
Police stated the disagreement happened as the lads traveled throughout a Mississippi River bridge in New Orleans and on roads in neighboring Jefferson Parish.
Authorities stated the taking pictures took place after each automobiles had stopped and McKnight approached Gasser’s automobile. Gasser shot McKnight thrice.
Defense lawyers stated final 12 months that they imagine McKnight attempted to go into Gasser’s automobile throughout the passenger window. They famous that Gasser stayed on the scene after the taking pictures and stated he cooperated with police.
The case bore placing similarities to an previous 2016 taking pictures dying involving some other former NFL participant. Will Smith, who retired after starring on New Orleans Saints groups that impressed the town after Hurricane Katrina with profitable seasons and a 2010 Super Bowl victory, was once shot to dying all through a disagreement following a visitors crash. A 29-year-outdated New Orleans guy, Cardell Hayes, was once sentenced to 25 years in jail after a jury convicted him of manslaughter.