Sport Trial for man charged with killing ex-NFL RB set for August

21:26  13 june  2017
21:26  13 june  2017 Source:   Larry Brown Sports

Trial for man charged with killing ex-NFL RB set for August

  Trial for man charged with killing ex-NFL RB set for August Former New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs running back Joe McKnight was killed this past December during a road rage incident in Louisiana. The man accused of killing McKnight, Ronald Gasser, will now stand trial for second degree murder. The trial itself will start in August (via Nola.com).

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A trial date has been set for the man charged with shooting and killing former NFL running back Joe McKnight in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana last year. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Judge Ellen Kovach of the 24th Judicial District Court set a trial date of August 7 on Monday.

The man accused of murdering former NFL running back Joe McNight faces an August trial.: The man accused of murdering former NFL running back Joe McKnight faces an August trial. © Jim McIsaac/Getty Images The man accused of murdering former NFL running back Joe McKnight faces an August trial.

Former New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs running back Joe McKnight was killed this past December during a road rage incident in Louisiana.

The man accused of killing McKnight, Ronald Gasser, will now stand trial for second degree murder. The trial itself will start in August (via Nola.com).

While there’s still a lot of questions about the incident, the defense plans to argue that Gasser acted in self-defense. Remember, McKnight had steroids and marijuana in his system at the time of autopsy. Louisiana is a stand-your-ground state, meaning that self-defense could definitely come into play here.

Meanwhile, the prosecution will argue that this is a simple case of road rage, in which Gasser tracked McKnight down following an incident. Gasser then shot McKnight from the confines of his own car. He remained at the scene until authorities arrived.

McKnight, who was 28 at the time of death, played four seasons in the NFL after being selected by the Jets in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of USC.

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