Ronald Gasser, Shooter In Joe McKnight's Murder, Charged With Manslaughter
Last week, former Jets RB, Joe McKnight, was shot dead in broad daylight by in an apparent road rage incident with Ronald Gasser. Gasser, who admitted to firing three shots at McKnight at an intersection in Terrytown, LA, walked after turning over his weapon and being briefly detained. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand claimed that there were “relative statutes that provide defenses to certain crimes” at a press conference the following day.
Now, Gasser has finally been arrested and charged with manslaughter, one that could land him behind bars for up to 40 years under Louisiana law. It's curious how and why the charge was anything but the obvious first degree, as several witnesses have come forth to describe the altercation as a heated one in which McKnight profusely apologized for his part in the incident, but was maimed in cold blood by Gasser, who stood over McKnight's body and said "I told you I was going to fuck you up” before firing one last shot into the already wounded victim.
It's a dark tragedy that leaves McKnight's family with little if any recourse while criminal proceedings commence. McKnight leaves behind two siblings, his mother and stepfather, as well as a son.