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Thread: Ex NFL player Joe McKnight (28) shot and killed by Ronald Gasser (54) in road rage incident; Gasser not charged

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    BREAKING: Jury in Louisiana finds Ronald Gasser guilty of manslaughter in 2016 shooting death of ex-NFL running back Joe McKnight.
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    I'm shocked.

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    Joe McKnight's killer sentenced to 30 years in prison

    Ronald Gasser was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the shooting death of former NFL running back Joe McKnight, the Jefferson Parish District Attorney announced Thursday.

    Gasser, 56, was convicted of manslaughter in January after a jury found him guilty of shooting McKnight three times with a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun on Dec. 1, 2016 in the Terrytown suburb of New Orleans.

    He originally was facing second-degree murder charges.

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    https://apnews.com/article/nfl-new-o...1dd4d7e6a8e152

    New trial in ex-football hero's killing can't be for murder

    The new trial for the man convicted of manslaughter in the 2016 shooting death of a former NFL player following a traffic dispute cannot include a murder charge, a Louisiana judge has ruled.

    The Times-Picayune’The New Orleans Advocate reports that the decision came Wednesday in the case of Ronald Gasser. Prosecutors tried Gasser in 2018 for second-degree murder in a shooting following a traffic dispute in suburban New Orleans. But the jury came back with a 10-2 vote for conviction on a manslaughter charge in the death of Joe McKnight.

    The U.S. Supreme Court has since held that Louisiana law allowing convictions on 10-2 or 11-1 votes is unconstitutional. That resulted in an order that Gasser be granted a new trial.

    State District Judge Ellen Shirer Kovach said that trial cannot be a murder trial.

    “To allow the State to retry the defendant on the second-degree murder charge violates defendant’s protections against double jeopardy,” District Judge Ellen Shirer Kovach said in her ruling, agreeing with Gasser’s lawyer, Dane Ciolino.

    Prosecutors had argued that the Supreme Court’s ruling meant Gasser’s manslaughter verdict was void, but did not preclude another attempt to try him for murder.

    “A 10-2 verdict is no verdict at all,” Assistant District Attorney Seth Shute wrote, later noting, “an illegal verdict acts as neither an acquittal nor a conviction.”

    Ciolino had argued that the 10-2 verdict on a lesser charge in the murder trial was an acquittal on the murder charge and that the Supreme Court’s ruling “did not reverse or otherwise affect Mr. Gasser’s acquittal of the charge of second-degree murder.”

    Prosecutors have indicated in state court records that they will appeal.

    McKnight was a high school football hero at Louisiana’s John Curtis Christian School who played three seasons for the New York Jets and one with the Kansas City Chiefs.

    Gasser fatally shot McKnight on Dec. 1, 2016, after what authorities described as a rolling a 5-mile (8-kilometer) traffic dispute and chase over a New Orleans area bridge.

    Witnesses at the 2018 trial said McKnight had been weaving in and out of traffic at high speed before the shooting. Prosecutors acknowledged to the jury that he was, in the words of Shute, “driving like a jerk.” But they argued that Gasser escalated the conflict, following him down an exit that he would not ordinarily have taken.

    Gasser claimed self defense and said McKnight lunged into his car. Prosecutors said physical evidence proved Gasser lied.

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    https://apnews.com/article/us-suprem...153d7e36e742ef

    Football hero’s killer can’t be re-tried for murder

    The man who killed a former NFL player in a New Orleans area road rage incident in 2016 cannot be tried again for murder after his conviction on a lesser charge was overturned, the state’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

    Authorities in the New Orleans suburb of Jefferson Parish originally charged Ronald Gasser with second-degree murder in the shooting of Joe McKnight. Gasser pleaded not guilty and claimed self-defense.

    The jury convicted Gasser on the lesser charge of manslaughter. But that verdict was later overturned because it came from a non-unanimous jury. Such verdicts were ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in an unrelated case.

    The Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office said the non-unanimous decision for manslaughter should not be treated as an acquittal on the second-degree murder charge. Prosecutors wanted another chance to try Gasser for murder.

    But the seven-member Supreme Court agreed with lower court rulings that trying Gasser again on the murder charge would violate his constitutional protection against double jeopardy.

    Writing for the court, Justice Jay McCallum said state and federal double jeopardy protection “bars the reinstatement and retrial of a defendant on a higher charge when he has been lawfully convicted of a lesser included offense, even though the conviction is later vacated.”

    In Gasser’s case, McCallum added, the conviction on the lesser manslaughter charge was “an implied acquittal” on the second-degree murder charge.

    A high school football hero at Louisiana’s John Curtis Christian School, McKnight went on to play three seasons for the New York Jets and one with the Kansas City Chiefs.

    Police said McKnight’s death 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 car at a suburban intersection.

    Witnesses at Gasser’s 2018 trial said McKnight had been weaving in and out of traffic at high speed before the shooting. But prosecutors argued that Gasser escalated the conflict, following McKnight down an exit that he would not ordinarily have taken.

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    https://apnews.com/article/us-suprem...153d7e36e742ef

    Football hero?s killer can?t be re-tried for murder

    The man who killed a former NFL player in a New Orleans area road rage incident in 2016 cannot be tried again for murder after his conviction on a lesser charge was overturned, the state?s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

    Authorities in the New Orleans suburb of Jefferson Parish originally charged Ronald Gasser with second-degree murder in the shooting of Joe McKnight. Gasser pleaded not guilty and claimed self-defense.

    The jury convicted Gasser on the lesser charge of manslaughter. But that verdict was later overturned because it came from a non-unanimous jury. Such verdicts were ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in an unrelated case.

    The Jefferson Parish District Attorney?s Office said the non-unanimous decision for manslaughter should not be treated as an acquittal on the second-degree murder charge. Prosecutors wanted another chance to try Gasser for murder.

    But the seven-member Supreme Court agreed with lower court rulings that trying Gasser again on the murder charge would violate his constitutional protection against double jeopardy.

    Writing for the court, Justice Jay McCallum said state and federal double jeopardy protection ?bars the reinstatement and retrial of a defendant on a higher charge when he has been lawfully convicted of a lesser included offense, even though the conviction is later vacated.?

    In Gasser?s case, McCallum added, the conviction on the lesser manslaughter charge was ?an implied acquittal? on the second-degree murder charge.

    A high school football hero at Louisiana?s John Curtis Christian School, McKnight went on to play three seasons for the New York Jets and one with the Kansas City Chiefs.

    Police said McKnight?s death 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 car at a suburban intersection.

    Witnesses at Gasser?s 2018 trial said McKnight had been weaving in and out of traffic at high speed before the shooting. But prosecutors argued that Gasser escalated the conflict, following McKnight down an exit that he would not ordinarily have taken.

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