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Ronald Gasser charged with second-degree murder for killing Joe McKnight

Ronald Gasser charged with second-degree murder for killing Joe McKnight”

Now, after further investigation by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in collaboration with the D.A., a grand jury has hit Gasser with the more serious charge of 2nd degree murder.

He was originally arrested on December 5th for manslaughter but a grand jury has now made a decision to upgrade the charge to second degree murder following further investigation by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in collaboration with the D.A. The maximum penalty for second-degree murder is life without parole. Judge June Darensburg increased Gasser's bond to $750,000 following Thursday's indictment. There was no indication when Gasser's next court appearance would be.

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Two months after Joe McKnight was shot and killed in Louisiana, his alleged killer has been charged.

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. The Sheriff's Office said one witness told investigators that McKnight possibly cut off Gasser, who became irritated and followed the former National Football League player.

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Authorities didn't arrest Gasser right away.

"Our arrest is only as good as a prosecution", Normand said. He attended John Curtis Christian High School and played three seasons at the University of Southern California.

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