Gunman Who Killed Former New Orleans Saint Will Smith Found Guilty
The shooter, Cardell Hayes, shot Smith 7 times and shot his wife twice in the leg. Because of that he was also found guilty of attempted manslaughter, but managed to dodge a charge related to criminal destruction of property for allegedly ramming the Smith’s car at a stop light.
Hayes continues to assert his innocence as he claims that Smith became violent and threatened him with a gun. He also maintains that he had no idea that he killed Smith because he was reacting in self-defense.
“I cried like a baby,” Hayes said. “I said my life’s over with … they’re going to make me like I just shot and killed this man.”
Hayes vehemently denied that he rammed Smith’s Mercedes SUV following a fender-bender in the city’s Lower District Garden.
“I knew for a fact that I was going to get shot,” Hayes told the jury, who deliberated for at least five hours on Sunday.
Cardell Hayes is facing up to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced in February.
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