Cardell Hayes sentenced to 25 years in prison
Posted on 4/20/2017 4:33:00 PM.

The Orleans District Attorney’s office says they are disappointed Cardell Hayes was sentenced to 25 years behind bars for a fatal road rage shooting in New Orleans that left former Saints star Will Smith dead and his wife, Raquel, injured. Legal analyst Tim Meche believes Judge Camille Buras handed down a fair sentence.

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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.
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Legal analyst says manslaughter fits evidence in Cardell Hayes trial
Posted on 12/12/2016 11:38:00 AM.

Cardell Hayes has been found guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of former-Saints player Will Smith. Loyola law professor Dane Ciolino says it isn’t surprising the jury went for the manslaughter charge. He says the verdict is consistent with the evidence.

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Cardell Hayes found guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of Saints star Will Smith
Posted on 12/11/2016 11:00:00 PM.
After taking 5.5 hours to deliberate a 12-person jury found Cardell Hayes guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of former Saints star Will Smith. Hayes was also found guilty of attempted manslaughter in the shooting of Racquel Smith, who was injured in the shooting that took place after a car accident in New Orleans on April 9th.
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Saints players show up in support of Will Smith on first day of trial
Posted on 12/6/2016 5:50:00 PM.

The first day of the murder trial for former-Saints star Will Smith was filled with emotional testimony. Loyola law professor Dane Ciolino says the biggest surprise was that former running back Deuce McAllister took the stand early in the day to testify about his friendship with Smith and his time with the Saints.

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Jury selection in Cardell Hayes case underway
Posted on 12/5/2016 3:27:00 AM.

The jury selection in the trial of Cardell Hayes, the man accused of killing Former Saints defensive end Will Smith, begins today. A judge has determined that the jury will be sequestered for the entire trial. Legal Analyst Chick Foret says it will be hard for people to leave their families during the holiday season.

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Judge rules jury in Cardell Hayes' case to be sequestered
Posted on 11/16/2016 12:19:00 PM.

An Orleans Parish criminal court judge rules that the jury in the Cardell Hayes murder trial will be sequestered. Hayes is accused of killing former-Saints player Will Smith after a car accident on April 9th. Legal analyst Chick Foret says there will be a lot of media coverage of the trial, and the judge wants to prevent any potential bias.

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Hayes attorney: Evidence will show his client is not guilty
Posted on 4/13/2016 7:20:00 PM.
The defense attorney for Cardell Hayes, the man charged in the murder of former Saints defensive end Will Smith, says once the truth comes out, his client will be found not guilty. John Fuller says a witness will back up Hayes' story that he did not provoke the shooting.
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Attorney: Will Smith was shot 8 times; did not brandish weapon
Posted on 4/13/2016 2:09:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
The attorney for the family of Will Smith said the former Saints player was shot 8 times in the back, Smith's wife Racquel was hit twice and that the shooting was intentional. Peter Thomson says he wants to clear up lies being spread by the defense lawyer of Cardell Hayes.
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NOPD: Loaded gun found in Will Smith's vehicle
Posted on 4/12/2016 6:14:00 PM.

A recent discovery could change the whole dynamic of the Will Smith murder case. Police say a loaded 9mm gun was found in the former-Saints defensive end’s vehicle. Legal analyst Chick Foret says this could help alleged shooter Cardell Hayes’ defense that he was not the aggressor.

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