Joe McKnight’s killer loses appeal

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Ronald Gasser, who shot and killed former NFL player Joe McKnight in 2016, lost an appeal of his murder conviction and will remain behind bars.

Gasser admitted shooting and killing McKnight but claimed his actions were justified under Louisiana’s “Shoot the Intruder” law. Gasser said McKnight tried to enter his vehicle after the two had a traffic dispute, but an appeals court ruled that the jury was correct in finding that McKnight only approached the car and did not enter.

A law professor who represented Gasser for free said that prosecutors should not have been allowed to introduce evidence that Gasser had previously been arrested in another road rage incident, but the appeals court disagreed.

Gasser was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

McKnight was a fourth-round pick of the Jets in 2010 who spent three years there and also played for the Chiefs. He played in the Canadian Football League before he was killed on December 1, 2016.

18 responses to “Joe McKnight’s killer loses appeal

  1. Good. Stand your ground laws exist so that petty, insecure men can live out their Rambo fantasies rather than calmly exit or deescalate a situation.

  2. I believe the “stand your ground” law is a good law. However, it doesn’t apply in this case so the guy should stand his guard in prison for the next 30 years.

  3. There’s a stand your ground law in every state. It’s called self defense. This guy was proven to be guilty. His peers said so, so it goes.

    As far as the appeal goes: He would have won that in NY. Each crime is independent of the other. I always believed only the Feds could introduce prior convictions. If that’s their state law, so be it.

    As a retired detective, it drove me crazy to be on the stand KNOWING the defendant did said crime 10X over and here he is in a suit and tie, haircut and some defense attorney making me out to be the devil reincarnated.

    Rot in hell Mr Road Rage.

  4. it sounds like this guy has had this plan in place to try and get away with murder by inciting somebody else to cause the situation where he said he felt threatened. glad the jury saw right through it.

  5. I believe in the stand your ground laws and peoples right to defend themselves and their families. I just don’t think it applies in this case and that he was rightly convicted. He belongs in jail.

  6. indiapalealeblog says:
    July 6, 2019 at 7:21 pm
    The defendant was black. What would the jury verdict be if he was white?
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    Please check your facts. The defendant, Mr Gasser, is white. The deceased was black. It was also the defendant’s second road rage-related incident. I don’t think anyone wants this idiot on the roads regardless of skin color.

  7. We wouldn’t need “stand your ground” laws if everyone acted civil. But since being in a gang and “street cred” is important to many minorities, the rest of us have to be able to defend our and our loved ones without going to jail.

  8. Stand your ground laws are ridiculous.

    Stand your ground laws combined with conceal carry permits are asking for disaster.

    Gasser was out looking for trouble and the coward found what he was looking for.

    RIP McKnight

  9. I personally don’t look for trouble and I am mature enough that I am not into fighting. I would not know what to expect, except for the worse, if someone got out of their car in a fit of rage because, heaven forbid, he had to press on his break to make a little room. So sorry buddy, I will break out my nine and pop a cap as I am certain you mean to do me harm. Just let stuff go.

  10. goatbubba says:

    July 7, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    I personally don’t look for trouble and I am mature enough that I am not into fighting. I would not know what to expect, except for the worse, if someone got out of their car in a fit of rage because, heaven forbid, he had to press on his break to make a little room. So sorry buddy, I will break out my nine and pop a cap as I am certain you mean to do me harm. Just let stuff go.

    Truly hope you get your opportunity. Then you will get 30 years, to think about it.

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