New trial in ex-football hero’s killing can’t be for murder

FILE – This undated file photo released by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office shows Ronald Gasser. The new trial for Gasser, convicted of manslaughter in 2018 by a jury vote of 10-2 in the 2016 shooting death of former NFL football player Joe McKnight following a traffic dispute, cannot include a murder charge, a Louisiana judge ruled Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. The U.S. Supreme Court held that Louisiana law allowing convictions on 10-2 or 11-1 votes is unconstitutional, which resulted in Gasser being granted a new trial.