NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana judge says the new trial for the man convicted in the shooting death of a former NFL player cannot include a murder charge.
Ronald Gasser was tried for second-degree murder in 2018 in the shooting death of Joe McKnight following a traffic dispute.
But the jury came back with a 10-2 vote on a manslaughter conviction, The Associated Press reported.
Now, Gasser is getting a new trial because the U.S. Supreme Court said his conviction by a non-unanimous, 10-2 vote was unconstitutional.
The Times-Picayune|The New Orleans Advocate reports that a judge ruled Wednesday that Gasser's trial cannot include a murder charge without violating the constitutional protection against double jeopardy.
Prosecutors said they would appeal the ruling, The AP reported.