Man charged with manslaughter in McKnight case

He said after speaking with Gasser, there was no evidence he had shouted anything at McKnight either during or after the shooting.

To those who would criticize his investigators or say they don't know what they're doing, Normand replied, "Tough". Two people engaged in bad behavior that day. Why? Attempts to reach Gasser's family were unsuccessful Tuesday.

Authorities said McKnight, 28, was shot during a road rage incident that was possibly sparked by a driver cutting off another on a nearby bridge in Terrytown, across the Mississippi River from New Orleans.

Normand, who said the department interviewed Gasser and dozens of others since Thursday, argued that even though Gasser had admitted to the shooting last week, police needed more witnesses and details. He was initially taken into custody after the shooting last Thursday but he was released without being charged pending further investigation.

The two "entered a verbal confrontation" while still in their cars, before McKnight left his vehicle, Normand said.

Normand said his officers had deliberately delayed arresting Gasser in order to "let the case mature" to a point where authorities were confident about the charge being brought.

Gasser was inside his auto when he fired three shots at McKnight and three casings were located in Gasser's vehicle, Sheriff Normand said. She again apologized for the "racial slurs and homophobic remarks that we did not prepare and did not honestly expect from the sheriff of a police department".

The problem may have been that one man cut the other off in traffic, Normand said.

Hill said he remembered watching McKnight on a nationally televised game when John Curtis faced Hoover, the No. 1-ranked team in the country. "People just asking to let them do their job and don't rush to judgment and don't create this furor". The sheriff also said the state's "stand your ground" self-defense law complicated the investigation. He spent three seasons in NY before joining the Kansas City Chiefs and, in 2013, the Miami Dolphins.

He played this past season for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League where he ran for a total of 228 yards on 38 carries. When asked by a reporter why he read those comments, and if he understood why a case with a white man shooting a young black man would be so nationally scrutinized, Normand cited black-on-black crime statistics for the parish.

McKnight played three seasons for the Jets and one with the Kansas City Chiefs. Gasser and the man got into a fight on the phone and then Gasser followed the man to a service station, confronted him and hit him several times. "It's not about the right thing, it's not about justice, and it's not about the process", he said, characterizing the attitude of his detractors, saying that they only wanted results when and how they wanted. The trial for Smith's accused killer begins today.