Closing arguments in former Rider Joe McKnight murder trial are underway

Joe Mc Knight was killed in a road rage incident

Joe Mc Knight was killed in a road rage incident

A jury has found Ronald Gasser guilty of manslaughter in the road rage shooting death of Joe McKnight.

He was arrested on a manslaughter charge December 5, 2016, a few days after shooting, and charged with killing McKnight at a busy intersection in Terrytown following a road rage incident.

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

His defense insisted Gasser feared for his life after McKnight reached into Gasser's passenger side window, and shot McKnight in self defense. Prosecutors said Gasser falsely claimed McKnight tried to lunge into Gasser's vehicle when it was stopped at a traffic light. Gasser faces a maximum of 40 years in prison.

In the National Football League, he played three seasons for the New York Jets and one with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Judge Ellen Shirer Kovach of 24th Judicial District Court will sentence Gasser on March 15th.

Prosecutors said after the trial they were happy with the verdict and that McKnight's family was satisfied as well.

Second-degree murder, which carries a mandatory life sentence, is the killing of a human being when the offender has a specific intent to kill or inflict great bodily harm.

Defense attorney Matthew Goetz said he would appeal. Jurors began deliberating about 12:30 p.m.

McKnight was considered the No. 1 running back recruit in the country when he came out of John Curtis Christian School in Louisiana in 2006.

Prosecutors argued Gasser murdered McKnight in a fit of road rage.

Authorities have said McKnight and Gasser drove erratically and yelled at each other in a traffic confrontation before the shooting.

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

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