Court Hearing Set in Death of Saints Player

Court records show the 28-year-old man arrested in the shooting death of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith will appear before a state judge in Orleans Parish Criminal Court.

Cardell Hayes, who’s being held one $1 million dollar bond, will appear in court Monday at 3 p.m. to determine if he has an attorney.

Hayes was in magistrate court Sunday night where his bond was set on a charge of second-degree murder. At that hearing, defense attorney John Fuller did seek to have Hayes’ bond reduced.

Police say Smith and his wife were shot late Saturday night following a traffic accident in the city’s Lower Garden District.

Smith was shot in the back and side, according to a warrant read in court Sunday night before a magistrate set a $1 million bond for the man accused of killing him.

Police said Smith, 34, was killed in a case of road rage by a man who had rear-ended his car. Prosecutors have 60 days to decide whether to bring that charge against Hayes.

Hayes’ Humvee H2 rear-ended Smith’s Mercedes G63 around 11:30 p.m. Saturday in the upscale Lower Garden District, pushing it into a Chevrolet Impala driven by two of Smith’s acquaintances. The two argued, and Hayes shot both Smith and Smith’s wife, Racquel, police said. She was taken to a hospital with a leg wound.

Defense attorney John Fuller asked for low bond Sunday night, noting that Hayes had waited for police, owns a towing business and is raising his 5-year-old son.

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