Joe McKnight trial date set, statements made by accused admissible

The trial for Ronald Gasser the man charged with second-degree murder of former Riders running back Joe McKnight has been scheduled for Nov. 7.

From Michelle Hunter, a reporter for

Judge Ellen Kovach of the 24th Judicial District Court set the new trial date during a hearing Monday. Kovach also denied a pair of defense motions to suppress statements and evidence collected during the investigation.

McKnight was shot to death on Dec.1, 2015 after an alleged confrontation with Gasser on a New Orleans street.

McKnight was signed to Saskatchewan’s practice roster on Sept. 26, 2015, and ran for 150 yards in his first CFL start on Oct. 15 as the Roughriders beat Toronto 29-11. McKnight finished the 2016 season with 228 rushing yards and 80 receiving yards over five games with Edmonton and Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan honoured McKnight at their last home game.


4 Comments on Joe McKnight trial date set, statements made by accused admissible

  1. Bart Oates // August 7, 2017 at 7:41 pm //

    The defense lawyer wants to suppress things that his murdering client said that make it obvious that he intentionally killed McKnight. Thankfully the judge is not an idiot.

  2. There is Justice in the Good ole USA and Swift punishment
    But – insanity is growing with the mis – use of guns

  3. No one deserves to die over a traffic altercation. That gun toting dick is guilty of murdering a human being and he knows it. Rot in hell Ronald.

    • riderontheisland // August 9, 2017 at 3:09 pm //

      BTW raptor, this is the second time he has shot and killed somebody in a traffic incident.
      Too bad he got off the first time because then this wouldn’t even be a story.

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