Friday, March 16, 2018

LA: Gasser Sentenced to 30 years in McKnight Killing

Louisiana is one of two states that do not require a unanimous verdict in jury trials. Both Oregon and Louisiana only require 10-2 votes for conviction.

In January, a jury rejected Gasser’s claim that he had no other choice but to shoot McKnight after McKnight approached his passenger-side window following a dispute on the Crescent City Connection. The two men were seen cursing and yelling at one another as they drove erratically during the five-mile encounter that ended at Behrman Highway and Holmes Boulevard.

Witnesses testified that the dispute between the two men was a tit-for-tat affair in which Gasser at times chased McKnight and appeared to taunt him.

After deliberating for about eight hours, the jury voted 10-2 to convict Gasser of manslaughter, rejecting both his self-defense argument and the second-degree murder charge sought by the prosecution.
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