Judge to hand down sentencing in Will Smith shooting Friday
Posted on 4/19/2017 2:17:00 PM.

Cardell Hayes, the man who shot and killed former Saints star Will Smith, will not receive a new trial. Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Camille Buras rejected a motion for a new trial.

On Wednesday, Hayes attorneys had a man testify that he heard two different gunshots on the night Smith was killed, but testimony was reportedly bizarre and now Hayes is set to be sentenced on Friday.


Loyola University Law Professor Dane Ciolino expects Judge Camille Buras already has a sentence in mind for Hayes and it’s most likely a lengthy one.

“I would expect a sentence in the range of 20 to 40 years. The DA’s office has asked for a consecutive sentence for the two counts of conviction but that would be unusual.”

Hayes was originally charged with second-degree murder in the road shooting of Smith but a jury found him guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter. He was also convicted of attempted manslaughter for the shooting of Smith's wife.  

The shooting happened on April 6, 2016 when Hayes rear-ended Smith, which then resulted in the fatal shooting of Smith and the injuring of his wife, Racquel.  

Hayes faces up to 60 years in prison.  
 
 
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