Closing arguments in former Rider Joe McKnight murder trial are underway

Ronald Gasser left was found guilty of manslaughter Friday in the death of ex-NFL player Joe McKnight right

He said "We're obviously disappointed with the verdict". Ronald Gasser, 56, faces up to 40 years for shooting McKnight, who starred at USC before playing three National Football League seasons with the New York Jets and one with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Defense attorney Matthew Goetz said he would appeal.

Prosecutors told jurors Friday that the evidence shows Gasser angrily pursued McKnight and shot him from inside his own auto.

Authorities say Ronald Gasser, 56, shot McKnight during a 2016 road-rage incident in the New Orleans suburb of Terrytown.

The shooting occurred on December 1, 2016, in Terrytown, Louisiana.

Shute acknowledged that McKnight had a hand on the open passenger side window of Gasser's vehicle before he was shot.

Louisiana requires only 10 of 12 jurors to come to the same conclusion about a defendant's guilt, unless the case involves the death penalty. In closing arguments, Seth Shute, an assistant district attorney, alluded to witness testimony that McKnight had wove in and out of traffic, cutting off Gasser and others off at high speed.

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Investigators later said the shooting was the result of a five-mile "mutual road rage" incident, per the Times-Picayune's Littice Bacon-Blood.

Prosecutors told jurors Friday that the evidence shows Gasser angrily pursued McKnight and shot him from inside his own vehicle.

McKnight had been considered one of the best running backs in the country while playing at the University of Southern California in 2007.

McKnight emerged as a star in his three seasons with USC, rushing for 1,014 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior in 2009.

McKnight, 28, spent his professional years with the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs. Sheriff Newell Normand of Jefferson Parish, who has since retired, angrily denied that race had played any role in the case.

Prosecutors later recounted a painstaking effort including an extensive search for witnesses and physical evidence that eventually led to Gasser being charged.

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