McKnight, former NFL running back, was shot and killed last December during a traffic dispute in Terrytown.
The Louisiana man accused of killing McKnight, was charged with one count of second-degree murder on Thursday according to prosecutors. Ronald Gasser, 55, was originally charged with manslaughter and is being held with a higher bond of $750,000.
The Times-Picayune recounts the events leading up to McKnight’s death:
McKnight, 28, a former NFL player and local high school football standout, was shot and killed Dec. 1 at Behrman Highway and Holmes Boulevard. Authorities say he and Gasser first crossed paths near the Crescent City Connection, where McKnight’s Audi possibly cut off Gasser’s blue Infiniti.
Gasser chased McKnight’s Audi to Behrman and Holmes, authorities said. There, McKnight got out of his car and approached Gasser’s car, authorities said. Gasser, still seated in the car, fired three shots at McKnight, who was standing at the passenger window of Gasser’s car at the time.
The Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office announced the charges Thursday. If convicted, Gasser faces life in prison without the possibility of parole, probation or suspended sentence.