Witness said road rage in Joe McKnight case was 'tit-for-tat'

GRETNA, LA (WVUE) - The prosecution presented its case as witnesses testified in the Ronald Gasser murder trial on Tuesday. Gasser is accused of murdering former NFL and John Curtis High School player Joe McKnight in December 2016.

McKnight was shot 3 times by Gasser at the intersection of Behrman Hwy. and Holmes Blvd. after a road rage incident between the two men that started on the Crescent City Connection.

Gasser claims the shooting was in self-defense, but prosecutors said the heated exchange between the two men didn't justify murder.

Witness Lisa Carter testified to seeing the two men's cars speeding along Behrman Hwy. in front of her.

She told the jury, "You could tell they were fussing. You could see the hand movements. One would speed up and the other would stop.  It was tit-for-tat. It was both of them."

Carter, however, couldn't tell the court if it appeared one man was chasing the other.

Detective Donald Zanotelli with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office took the stand next.

Zanotelli is the lead investigator in this case and said out of the dozens of businesses along the route only six had surveillance video that was somewhat useful to their investigation.

The prosecution then began playing several of those surveillance videos for the court, showing the two men's cars racing down General de Gaulle Dr. moments before the shooting occurred.

Gasser faces a second-degree murder charge which carries a mandatory life sentence.