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Ronald Gasser

Ronald Gasser, the man accused of shooting former prep football star and NFL player Joe McKnight during a road-rage incident last year, will go to trial on Aug. 7.

Judge Ellen Shirer Kovach set the date Monday morning in 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna. The court will hear any motions raised in the case on July 14.

Authorities say Gasser admitted shooting McKnight, a former star running back for John Curtis Christian High School and the New York Jets, after a confrontation and pursuit Dec. 1 that began on the Crescent City Connection and ended at Behrman Highway and Holmes Boulevard.

Gasser was still in his car when he shot McKnight three times as McKnight stood at Gasser's passenger-side window.

Kovach ruled last month that jurors will be able to hear about Gasser's arrest after a previous road-rage incident that occurred at the same Terrytown intersection 10 years ago.

Gasser wasn't charged in that incident, but prosecutors argue it shows he has a history of aggression and of escalating quarrels.

The defense argued that the earlier incident, a misdemeanor, is irrelevant because Gasser acted in self-defense against McKnight, but prosecutors said the prior incident illustrates that is not necessarily the case.

Kovach ruled that the incident is admissible under the law.

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