All ready for trial next month in shooting of ex-Saints star

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2012, file photo, New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith stretches before a preseason NFL football game in New Orleans. An attorney for the family of Smith said Wednesday, April 13, 2016, that the former Saints star did not brandish a gun or have it on him before he was shot to death last weekend. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2012, file photo, New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith stretches before a preseason NFL football game in New Orleans. An attorney for the family of Smith said Wednesday, April 13, 2016, that the former Saints star did not brandish a gun or have it on him before he was shot to death last weekend. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

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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