Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand held a press conference this morning to announce the arrest of 54-year-old Ronald Gasser, the man accused of killing former NFL player and John Curtis star Joe McKnight in a road rage incident last week.

Normand explained the charge against Gasser.

“We felt that manslaughter was the charge that most appropriately fit the evidence that we have at this time. This case is still maturing.”

Authorities say Gasser admitted to shooting McKnight in a busy intersection last Thursday. He was questioned that day and released. Normand says his detectives took their time with the investigation, conducting 160 interviews and working with 70 business owners to receive video footage.

“Justice has no time period, justice is not a sprint, it is a marathon. These investigations are marathons.”

Normand says they took their time with the investigation because of different eyewitness accounts of the shooting. He defends the sheriff department’s decision for not arresting Gasser immediately, even though there were groups calling for Gasser’s arrest last Thursday.

“It’s not about the right thing, it’s not about justice and it’s not about the process. It’s about what we want and what we want now.”



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