Defense: client feared Will Smith

December 06, 2016 - 6:55 am
A defense lawyer says the man who fatally shot retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith last April did so in self-defense, fearing that an angry Smith was fetching a gun from his SUV's glove box during a heated argument after a traffic accident.  

Attorney Jay Daniels' made the claim during Tuesday's opening arguments in the second-degree murder trial of 29-year-old Cardell Hayes.  

Prosecutors cast Hayes as a raging killer who purposely rammed Smith's SUV before the shooting.  

Daniels says Hayes was following Smith because Smith had struck his vehicle moments earlier. Daniels says Hayes was trying to dial 911 to report Smith's license number when he accidentally ran into Smith's vehicle.  

Daniels says Hayes only fired his handgun after Smith reached into the glovebox. 

(phot by Chris Bennett)
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