NEW ORLEANS (AP) – 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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