Sheriff gets profane over why it took so long to arrest Joe McKnight’s alleged killer

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Ronald Gasser, the man suspected of killing former NFL and college football star Joe McKnight, was arrested on Monday and charged with manslaughter. 

After Gasser allegedly fired three shots in a road rage incident in New Orleans on Thursday, authorities released the 54-year-old without charges on Friday night, citing Louisiana’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which states that a person is justified in using deadly force in certain situations.

Gasser’s release led to protests from NAACP representatives and an outcry on social media, as people criticized the slow-moving justice system. At a press conference on Tuesday, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand defended his department’s investigation and scolded those who doubted it.  Read more…

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Man who allegedly admitted to killing football star Joe McKnight released without charges

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The man who admits to killing Joe McKnight — a former high school and USC football star who was shot Thursday — was released without charges on Friday. 

Ronald Gasser, 54, admitted to shooting McKnight three times at an intersection in the New Orleans Area around 3 p.m. on Thursday, authorities said at a press conference Friday.

McKnight’s killing is being labeled a “road rage” incident. 

Because of the circumstances — a white man shooting a black man and going free, for now — many on social media responded with outrage.  Read more…

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