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Shooter insists Will Smith was armed

6 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago December 10, 2016 Dec 10, 2016 Saturday, December 10 2016 December 10, 2016 1:32 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

NEW ORLEANS  - The man who fatally shot retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith in April has told a jury he did so only after Smith struck him several times and grabbed a gun following a traffic crash.

Prosecutors say Smith was unarmed but Cardell Hayes insisted Saturday that Smith threatened to get a gun from his damaged SUV - and then did so.

Hayes, who is charged with second-degree murder, said an irate and drunken Smith threw a cup of alcohol at him, hit him numerous times and - once he saw that Hayes had a gun - declared that he, too, had a weapon.

A loaded gun was later found in Smith's car. Prosecutors say it hadn't been fired.

Hayes said he fired numerous times after seeing a gun in Smith's hand. The bullets killed Smith and injured his wife, Racquel.

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