Closing arguments set in road rage killing of ex-NFL player

Joe Mc Knight was killed in a road rage incident

Joe Mc Knight was killed in a road rage incident

His assistants who tried the case told reporters they respect the verdict and added that the McKnight family was pleased with it.

McKnight eventually exited his auto, at which point Gasser shot him through the passenger-side window.

Closing arguments wrapped up Friday morning in the second-degree murder trial of Ronald Gasser.

Defense attorneys said Gasser fired in self-defense when McKnight approached his auto after the confrontation.

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Former Jets and Chiefs running back Joe McKnight was fatally shot by Ronald Gasser in a New Orleans suburb December 1, 2016. Jurors began deliberating Friday afternoon and came to a conclusion not long after.

Gasser admitted to shooting McKnight following a road-rage-fueled confrontation.

Authorities have said McKnight and Gasser drove erratically and yelled at each other in a traffic confrontation before the shooting. Gasser's defense team claimed McKnight aggressively pursued Gasser, but witness testimony disputed such a claim.

Prosecutors argued Gasser murdered McKnight in a fit of road rage. "Gasser said, 'I'm not going to let it go.' If either of them had let it go, we wouldn't be here today".

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Prosecutors told jurors Friday that the evidence shows Gasser angrily pursued McKnight and shot him from inside his own auto.

Gasser's release sparked protests at the time, and some said race played a role in his release - Gasser is white and McKnight was black. He signed with the University of Southern California, where he ran for 2,213 yards and 13 touchdowns and caught 66 passes for 542 yards and two scores in three seasons. He later played for the Edmonton Eskimos and Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League. Prosecutors said an autopsy disproved Gasser's claim that McKnight lunged at him, while acknowledging the 28 year old McKnight was driving dangerously.

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

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