Man Accused Of Killing Ex-NFL Player Joe McKnight Is Charged

The Louisiana man accused of shooting former NFL running back Joe McKnight in a deadly road rage incident is being charged with manslaughter. Authorities say Ronald Gasser was arrested yesterday after initially being released from custody.

Jefferson Parrish Sheriff Newell Normand defended his decision to delay the arrest of Gasser. At a press conference Normand said he didn't care if people have a problem with how he handled the situation. He said that Louisiana has stand your ground justifiable homicide laws and at first they only had a statement from Gasser with no corroboration. Normand said delaying the arrest gave authorities more time to collect evidence.

He berated a witness who he said lied about the shooting and criticized people for inflaming the situation for calling for immediate justice with no regard to the legal process. He said there is no evidence that race had anything to do with the shooting.

The New York Jets held a moment of silence for McKnight, a former team member, right before kickoff on "Monday Night Football." The 28-year-old played for the Jets for three years following a standout career at USC.

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