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All ready for trial next month in shooting of ex-Saints star

9 months 2 weeks 5 days ago Wednesday, November 02 2016 Nov 2, 2016 November 02, 2016 1:05 PM November 02, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: AP News
Image via WWL: Cardell Hayes

NEW ORLEANS - 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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