The Man Who Killed A Former NFL Player Has Been Charged

Former NFL player Joe McKnight was shot and killed in an apparent road rage incident last week.

The Man Who Killed A Former NFL Player Has Been Charged
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The man who admitted to shooting and killing a former NFL player last week has now been charged with manslaughter.

Ronald Gasser, 54, is being held on a $500,000 bond for the death of 28-year-old Joe McKnight. 

The apparent road rage case got national attention when police said Dec. 2 they had released Gasser from custody after he admitted to shooting and killing McKnight.

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"Because there are still witnesses that are out there, I can't go into the details as to why that is at this point in time, but I can tell you I can't wait for that moment so that I can set the record straight," Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said during a press conference on Dec. 2.

And Normand got to "set the record straight" on Tuesday. He said it's not uncommon for investigators to release suspects, even when they know the suspect has committed a crime, for "strategic reasons."

Normand pointed out that Gasser never asked for an attorney. Investigators got over 10 hours of interviews with Gasser when he wasn't in custody. They had over two hours of interviews with him in custody. 

"And so many other things that we were able to gain during the course of our interaction with Mr. Gasser because of what we were able to do strategically," Normand told reporters Tuesday during a press conference.

Normand said police interviewed over 160 witnesses and contacted over 70 nearby business owners for surveillance video.

During the announcement of Gasser's arrest Tuesday, Normand became animated and impassioned while criticizing members of the community who accused the investigators and community leaders of showing racial bias or not working to bring Gasser into custody soon enough.