This Sunday, April 10, 2016 photo provided by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office shows Cardell Hayes. Police say Hayes has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith, who was shot and killed Saturday night. (Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office via AP)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Prosecutors and attorneys for the man accused of killing New Orleans Saints star Will Smith say they’re ready for trial next month on charges including second-degree murder.

Lawyers said after a hearing Wednesday that they expect about 100 potential jurors to be called to court Dec. 1 for the trial of Cardell Hayes, who shot Smith during a traffic altercation on April 9.


Prosecutors say Hayes provoked the confrontation by ramming his Hummer into Smith’s SUV.

Defense lawyers say Smith was the aggressor and Hayes fired in self-defense as Smith went to get his own gun. They note that Hayes did not flee, and waited for police to arrive after the shooting.

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2 thoughts on “Trial Starts Next Month In Shooting Of Ex-Saints Star

  1. “Hayes did not flee, and waited for police to arrive…” Why is that significant? That just means he didn’t want to be hunted down like a dog and possibly killed. He started this chain of events by ramming Smith’s car. Makes no difference Hayes will be convicted, since they don’t identify the charge, it should be first degree, and not manslaughter.

    • Sorry Ms. educated Queen, video clearly shows Smith bumping Hayes’ vehicle first, pulling around him and leaving the scene of an accident. Then again, you’ve convinced yourself that Hillary is not a criminal, so…..

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