The man accused of shooting and killing former NFL player Joe McKnight during a road rage incident in Terrytown, La., has been indicted on a second-degree murder charge, the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.
Ronald Gasser, 55, was originally arrested and charged with manslaughter on Dec. 5, four days after McKnight’s death, NOLA.com reports.
“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 states.
After the indictment, Gasser’s bond was increased from $500,000 to $750,000. If convicted, he faces life without the possibility of parole, probation or a suspended sentence.
George Tucker, an attorney for McKnight’s family, told NOLA.com that the family was confident Thursday’s indictment would come.
“The mom is relieved and the sister is just as relieved,” Tucker said. “And they have a great deal of confidence the people will be able to view the facts and come back with a just verdict. And hopefully that will give Joe the vindication that he needs.”
McKnight, 28, was shot Dec. 1 at the intersection of Behrman Highway and Holmes Boulevard in Terrytown, a suburb of New Orleans. According to authorities, the incident started near the Crescent City Connection when McKnight’s Audi may have cut off Gasser’s Infiniti. Gasser reportedly chased McKnight to Behrman and Holmes.