June 15, 2024

On January 26, 2024, Cardell Hayes enters the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court in New Orleans for his retrial. (The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate/David Grunfeld via AP)
NEW ORLEANS:A man convicted of manslaughter shot former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith after a car accident almost eight years ago

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In the retrial of Cardell Hayes, the jury debated for over four hours before returning a decision shortly after midnight on Saturday, according to press reports. He might spend up to 40 years behind bars.

Mr. Hayes was found not guilty by the jury of attempting manslaughter in the shooting and injury of Smith’s wife in April 2016.

In December 2016, Mr. Hayes, 36, was found guilty of attempted manslaughter and manslaughter in connection with Smith’s death.

District Attorney Jason Williams declared, “One gun was fired by one man,” raising the evidence-tagged handgun Mr. Hayes had shot, striking Smith eight times—seven times in the back—as well as his wife’s legs.

John Fuller, the defence lawyer, maintained that the prosecution had not shown that Mr. Hayes did not defend himself. Mr. Fuller cited a 911 conversation taped shortly after the incident, in which Hayes is audible in the background and asserts that Smith mentioned he was going to retrieve a gun from his car.

Mr. Fuller attempted to disprove the assertions made by the prosecution that Racquel Smith had already calmed her husband before Mr. Hayes started shooting.

If it’s not necessary, you don’t say, ‘Calm down, it’s not worth it.

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