Defense: McKnight killing self-defense. Prosecutor: not so

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Posted: Jan 19, 2018 11:52 AM
Defense: McKnight killing self-defense. Prosecutor: not so

GRETNA, La. (AP) — Attorneys have made their opening statements in the trial of the man who fatally shot former NFL player Joe McKnight.

Defense attorneys say 56-year-old Ronald Gasser fired in self-defense when McKnight approached his car after a traffic confrontation in December 2016.

Prosecutors say Gasser falsely claimed McKnight tried to lunge into Gasser's car when it was stopped at a traffic light. They say physical evidence indicates he made no such aggressive move.

Gasser is charged with second-degree murder.

Defense attorney Matthew Goetz claims Gasser was jailed amid political pressure for an arrest of a white man who had shot a popular black athlete. Goetz said the shooting happened in a year of racial unrest in American cities.

The trial resumed Friday after two days of weather-related delays.