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Fifty-six-year-old Ronald Gasser is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting. With AP Photos.The trial in a road-rage shooting that left a former NFL football player dead is set to begin in a New Orleans suburb. His lawyers have laid the groundwork for a self-defense case, casting McKnight as the aggressor in a road rage incident.

McKnight, who was 28 at the time of his death, spent four seasons in the National Football League with the Jets and Chiefs after a standout college career at USC.

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The trial will have 12 jurors and four alternates who will hear testimony about the events of December 1, 2016, when Gasser shot former National Football League running back Joe McKnight as McKnight stood at the passenger-side window of Gasser's Infiniti sedan while the two argued at a Terrytown intersection.

Jury selection is moving along very slowly, and the process to pick 12 people is expected to take days - maybe even longer.

The two had been driving in their vehicles on the Crescent City Connection when police say McKnight cut Gasser off in traffic and an argument ensued. They noted that Gasser stayed on the scene after the shooting and said he cooperated with police. If convicted under the charge, Gasser would face a mandatory life sentence.


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