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FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2012, file photo, New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith appears before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. Cardell Hayes, the man who killed Smith in an argument following a traffic crash avoided a mandatory life sentence when a jury convicted him of manslaughter instead of second-degree murder. But Hayes may still be locked away for a very long time if prosecutors get their way at a sentencing hearing Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)
April 19, 2017 - 1:51 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on hearings for Cardell Hayes, who was convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith (all times local): 1:50 p.m. A Louisiana judge has denied a new trial for the killer of retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith. State...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, congratulates Aaron Hernandez after their AFC Championship NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Foxborough, Mass. Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and just days ago was acquitted of a double murder, died after hanging himself in his prison cell Wednesday, April 19, 2017, Massachusetts prisons officials said. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
April 19, 2017 - 12:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots made a traditional celebratory visit to the White House Wednesday, a normally joyous ritual marred by the prison suicide hours earlier of former teammate Aaron Hernandez. Not all the team members were on hand to accept personal...
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In this Dec. 12, 2005 photo, Aaron Hernandez poses for a photo in Bristol, Conn. Hernandez, a former NFL star, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and Friday, April 14, 2017, was acquitted of a double murder, died after hanging himself at the prison early Wednesday, April 19, 2017, Massachusetts prisons officials said. (Patrick Raycraft/Hartford Courant via AP)
April 19, 2017 - 12:56 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in the prison cell where he was serving a life sentence for murder, officials said Wednesday, the same day his ex-teammates on the New England Patriots were set to visit the White House to mark their Super Bowl victory. His death came...
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FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, file photo, former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez is led into his court appearance at the Fall River Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Massachusetts prison officials said Hernandez hanged himself in his cell and was pronounced dead at a hospital early Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (Matt Stone/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool, File)
April 19, 2017 - 12:55 pm
MILFORD, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on the death of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez (all times local): 1:50 p.m. A lawyer for the families of two men Aaron Hernandez was acquitted of killing says the relatives "don't take any joy" in Hernandez's apparent suicide, even though they believe he was...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, congratulates Aaron Hernandez after their AFC Championship NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Foxborough, Mass. Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and just days ago was acquitted of a double murder, died after hanging himself in his prison cell Wednesday, April 19, 2017, Massachusetts prisons officials said. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
April 19, 2017 - 12:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Star quarterback Tom Brady will not join his New England Patriots teammates Wednesday when the Super Bowl champions visit the White House to accept congratulations from President Donald Trump for another NFL title. The White House said it was notified that Brady was dealing with a...
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FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, file photo, former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez is led into his court appearance at the Fall River Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Massachusetts prison officials said Hernandez hanged himself in his cell and was pronounced dead at a hospital early Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (Matt Stone/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool, File)
April 19, 2017 - 10:56 am
MILFORD, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on the death of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez (all times local): 11:45 a.m. Aaron Hernandez's lawyer says he intends to conduct his own investigation into the NFL star's hanging death. Jose Baez says he was "shocked and surprised" when he was told that the former...
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April 19, 2017 - 10:54 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — If Buffalo Sabres coach Dan Bylsma's job is in jeopardy, star forward Jack Eichel's representatives say their client is not the one pushing for a change. Peter Donatelli tells The Associated Press a coaching change was "not even on (Eichel's) radar screen" last week during the...
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FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2012, file photo, New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith appears before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. Cardell Hayes, the man who killed Smith in an argument following a traffic crash avoided a mandatory life sentence when a jury convicted him of manslaughter instead of second-degree murder. But Hayes may still be locked away for a very long time if prosecutors get their way at a sentencing hearing Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)
April 19, 2017 - 10:04 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on hearings for Cardell Hayes, who was convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith (all times local): 9:50 a.m. In sometimes rambling and emotional testimony, a New Orleans man is insisting he heard gunfire from two...
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Racquel Smith, widow of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith, enters the Orleans Parish criminal courthouse with supporters, for a sentencing hearing for Cardell Hayes, who was convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith, in New Orleans, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
April 19, 2017 - 10:01 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It was a road-rage confrontation that cost former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith his life. Now, more than a year later, the man who pumped eight bullets into Smith is close to learning his punishment. Cardell Hayes, 29, appeared to have caught something of a break at his...
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FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2012, file photo, New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith appears before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. Cardell Hayes, the man who killed Smith in an argument following a traffic crash avoided a mandatory life sentence when a jury convicted him of manslaughter instead of second-degree murder. But Hayes may still be locked away for a very long time if prosecutors get their way at a sentencing hearing Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)
April 19, 2017 - 9:27 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on hearings for Cardell Hayes, who was convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith (all times local): 9:15 a.m. New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton took a front row seat alongside family and friends of his former player...
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