On April 28, a New Orleans grand jury indicted Cardell Hayes on a charge of second-degree murder in the shooting death of former Saints player Will Smith.
He was also charged with second-degree murder for the shooting of Smith’s wife, as well as aggravated criminal damage to a vehicle, and aggravated assault, in relation to the disturbing and deadly incident that occurred on April 9.
On that fatal night, Hayes allegedly shot Smith eight times and while his wife Racquel was hit twice after Hayes and Smith were involved in a car collision. Hayes was arrested shortly after on the scene and has been held in jail on $1 million bond.
Hayes’ lawyer says he was not the aggressor in the situation, and that he is “legally not guilty” of murder. Meanwhile the lawyer for the Smith family claims that Hayes was “enraged” during the incident and murdered Smith “in cold blood.”