Suspect in Joe McKnight's shooting death indicted on second-degree murder charges

The new charges were announced Thursday after a grand jury returned an indictment against Ronald Gasser, Jr.

The man accused of shooting and killing former National Football League player Joseph McKnight was indicted on a charge of second-degree murder. 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.

Sheriff Newell Normand said in December that the altercation began on the Crescent City Connection that crosses the Mississippi River, between New Orleans and Terrytown, where the shooting occurred.

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"Subsequent to that arrest, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office and the Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office continued working together in a collaborative effort to develop additional evidence regarding the case", a release from District Attorney Paul Connick said.

Gasser's bond has been raised to $750,000 in response to the upgraded charges.

At that point, according to police, McKnight got out of his auto and went towards Gasser who fired three shots at him. Normand said at the time that thorough investigation was needed because of laws providing a defense to certain crimes.

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McKnight was 28-years-old.

If Gasser is convicted, he faces a life sentence without the possibility of parole, probation or suspended sentence.

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