The trial for the man charged with second-degree murder in last year’s shooting death of former NFL and CFL player Joe McKnight has been scheduled for January 16.
Fifty-five-year-old Ronald Gasser was charged after McKnight’s death on Dec. 1, 2016.
Authorities say McKnight and Gasser drove erratically and yelled at each other in a traffic confrontation before the shooting. They say the confrontation took place as they travelled over a Mississippi River bridge in New Orleans and onto roads in a neighbouring district.
Prosecutors have cast Gasser as the aggressor. Gasser’s attorneys say he shot in self-defence.
New Orleans news outlets report the trial had been set next month but both sides requested more time to prepare.