(WVUE) - The commander of the Jefferson Parish homicide division testified Wednesday in the Ronald Gasser murder trial. Gasser is charged with murdering former football star Joe McKnight in December 2016.
Investigators told the jury that the autopsy results in the case changed things and ultimately led to Gasser's arrest.
Gasser shot McKnight three times at the intersection of Behrman Highway and Holmes Boulevard. The encounter between the two men started on the Crescent City Connection and turned into a road rage incident.
Gasser has maintained he acted in self-defense and feared for his life when McKnight got out of his vehicle, approached Gasser's passenger side window and lunged at him.
Gasser said McKnight was yelling profanities and told him he was going to kill him.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Lt. Don Meunier testified that at first, Gasser was the only witness they had since no one else actually saw the shooting. Meunier, though, said autopsy results were very telling. He said there was no stippling on McKnight's body. Stippling is the powder that comes from a gun after it's fired. Meuier said that indicated to him that McKnight was not close to Gasser when he was shot.
Earlier in the day, the prosecution talked about a previous road rage incident involving Gasser that occurred near the same intersection 12 years ago.
That alleged victim testified about what happened. Gasser said he had acted in self-defense at the time when he punched the other man. The DA's office did not pursue charges against Gasser back then.
Testimony continues in the case. If convicted, Gasser faces the rest of his life in prison.