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Defense: McKnight killing self-defense. Prosecutor: not so

6 months 3 weeks 3 days ago Friday, January 19 2018 Jan 19, 2018 January 19, 2018 11:21 AM January 19, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
GRETNA- Attorneys have made their opening statements in the trial of the man who fatally shot former NFL player Joe McKnight.
  
Defense attorneys say 56-year-old Ronald Gasser fired in self-defense when McKnight approached his car after a traffic confrontation in December 2016.
  
Prosecutors say Gasser falsely claimed McKnight tried to lunge into Gasser's car when it was stopped at a traffic light. They say physical evidence indicates he made no such aggressive move.
  
Gasser is charged with second-degree murder.
  
Defense attorney Matthew Goetz claims Gasser was jailed amid political pressure for an arrest of a white man who had shot a popular black athlete. Goetz said the shooting happened in a year of racial unrest in American cities.
  
The trial resumed Friday after two days of weather-related delays.

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