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.