Prosecutor says Saints defensive star died defenseless

December 06, 2016 - 5:43 am
A prosecutor says the irony of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith's death is that the retired NFL defensive leader "died defenseless."

In Tuesday's opening arguments in the trial of Cardell Hayes, prosecutor Jason Napoli acknowledged that Smith was intoxicated the night Hayes killed him. But he stressed that Smith was unarmed when he was shot.

Hayes faces life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder.

Both men got out of their cars after Hayes' Hummer slammed into Smith's SUV, but Hayes's lawyer has argued that Smith was the aggressor. Police have said there was an unfired, loaded gun in Smith's car when he was shot last April.

In the courtroom are friends and family of both Smith and Hayes, as well as Saints players Roman Harper and Jahri Evans.

(Photo by Chris Bennett)
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