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Closing arguments Sunday in Will Smith shooting

6 months 2 weeks 1 day ago December 10, 2016 Dec 10, 2016 Saturday, December 10 2016 December 10, 2016 4:53 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - The defense has rested in the Will Smith shooting death case and the judge has set closing arguments for Sunday.

On trial in New Orleans is Cardell Hayes, charged with second-degree murder in Smith's April 9 death. Hayes told the jury Saturday he fired only after Smith grabbed a gun from his damaged SUV during a dispute following a traffic accident. He also said he heard a sound like a gunshot before firing.

Prosecutors say the evidence doesn't support Hayes' contention that Smith was armed. The prosecution rested its case Friday.

Prosecutors called a single rebuttal witness Saturday: a firearms expert who said there was evidence of Smith having fired a gun the night he died.

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