[Breaking] Grand Jury's Decision in the Murder of Will Smith Is In

Will Smith, Cardell Hayes

[Breaking] Grand Jury's Decision in the Murder of Will Smith Is In

Cardell Hayes was also rung up for attempted murder of late NFL star's wife.

Published April 28, 2016

Nearly three weeks after the senseless road-rage murder of former NFL star Will Smith, an indictment is in.

NOLA.com is reporting that Cardell Hayes, the man accused of murdering the ex-New Orleans Saints Super Bowl winner, was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on a second-degree murder charge. The New Orleans grand jury additionally rung up an attempted second-degree murder charge for Hayes's shooting of Smith's wife, Racquel, during the April 9 incident. 

On that night in New Orleans' Lower Garden District, Smith and Hayes were involved in a rear-ending accident, sparking a confrontation between the two men that wound up in Smith dying from multiple gun wounds and his wife being shot in the leg twice. Smith was 34 and had played nine years in the NFL.

According to NOLA.com, questions continue to swirl around whether Smith was in possession of a gun when Hayes began firing bullets at him, fatally wounding him. Peter Thompson, a lawyer for the Smith family, did state that a gun remained in a compartment of the former Pro Bowler's vehicle the night of the shooting, as reported by NOLA.

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Written by BET Staff

(Photo from left: P Photo/Bill Kostroun, File, Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office via AP, File)


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