Law prof. working on appeal for man convicted of killing ex-NFL RB Joe McKnight

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Kansas City Chiefs running back Joe McKnight (22) scores a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Miami Gardens, Fla. | Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press

GRETNA, La. — A law professor is taking up the appeal of the man convicted of manslaughter in the 2016 road-rage shooting death of former NFL running back Joe McKnight.

Loyola University’s Dane Ciolino tells the New Orleans Advocate that he already has law students working on 56-year-old Ronald Gasser’s appeal, which he has taken up pro bono. He said the appeal will focus on the trial court judge’s decision to permit jurors to hear testimony about Gasser’s arrest for an alleged road rage incident at the same intersection years prior.

Ciolino says the admission of reports of the prior incident was “indefensible” and tainted the trial.

Gasser was sentenced to 30 years in prison. The trial court judge rejected his motion to reconsider his sentence last week.

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