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Payton, Will Smith's family in court for hearing

1 year 2 months 2 days ago Wednesday, April 19 2017 Apr 19, 2017 April 19, 2017 10:30 AM April 19, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
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NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton took a front row seat alongside family and friends of his former player Will Smith, as hearings for Smith's killer were about to get under way.

Twenty-nine-year-old Cardell Hayes faces up to 60 years in prison for manslaughter for shooting Smith to death last year, and attempted manslaughter for the wounding of Smith's wife.

But his sentencing Wednesday could be delayed because his lawyers also were to argue a motion for a new trial. Hayes has maintained that he believed Smith was armed when the two argued over a traffic dispute last year.

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