Shooter insists Will Smith was armed
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.