Man indicted in shooting death of former National Football League player Joe McKnight

Man indicted in shooting death of former National Football League player Joe McKnight

In December, Gasser admitted to shooting McKnight three times following a traffic incident, including one shot he fired from his driver's seat while arguing with McKnight who was near the passenger window of the vehicle.

Gasser stands accused of shooting the former National Football League running back during a road-rage incident December 1.

The new charges were announced Thursday after a grand jury returned an indictment against Ronald Gasser, Jr. According to investigators, McKnight cut Gasser off in traffic and a chase between the two men spanned several kilometres until both men were stopped at a traffic light. When McKnight finally stopped, he got out of his auto and approached Gasser's vehicle when Gasser allegedly shot him.

Gasser remained on the scene and gave his gun to deputies, Sheriff Newell Normand said at the time. Gasser was initially detained but not formally arrested until December 5, a delay that prompted protests in the parish.

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Louisiana's self-defense laws demand police "get it right", Normand said at the time.

If convicted, he faces a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Connick says that as a result of the indictment, Judge June Darensburg increased Gasser's bond from $500,000 to $750,000. He attended John Curtis Christian High School and played three seasons at the University of Southern California.