The body of Saskatchewan Roughrider Joe McKnight has been returned to the funeral home after the Jefferson-Parish coroner requested it back on Wednesday.
WWL-TV in Louisiana reported McKnight’s mother authorized the release of his body, but was distraught the first tests weren’t enough to conclude what happened.
In an interview with nola.com, Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich said he went back to excise the bullet wounds to give the sheriff’s office the most evidence they could possibly have, but added it is not something that’s normally done.
“There is a minimal possible benefit to doing it. We’re trying to give the legal justice system every possible bit of information that we can give,” he said.
Cvitanovich didn’t excise the wounds when he first had the body as not to interfere with the independent autopsy ordered by the McKnight family.
“Had we excised those wounds, we would have been open to intense criticism for hiding evidence, destroying evidence, whatever you want to call it,” Cvitanovich said.
He added the results of his original autopsy remain unchanged.
McKnight was shot and killed on Dec. 1, 2017, in what has been described as an incident of road rage.
Ronald Gasser, the 54-year-old Louisiana man who fatally shot McKnight, was arrested for manslaughter.
McKnight’s funeral will take place on Monday morning.