Cardell Hayes, New Orleans Saint’s player Will Smith’s alleged murderer, was officially indicted for the role he may have played in Will’s death on April 28. He was charged with second-degree murder for Will, and second-degree attempted murder for his wife Racquel. Here are the details.
April 28 was a huge day for the family of slain New Orleans Saints player Will Smith, because alleged killer Cardell Hayes was finally indicted for the horrific crime. On top of the second-degree murder charge for the slaying of Will, Cardell was also given a second-degree attempted murder charge for his wife Racquel. Here’s the scoop.
Yikes. April 28 was full of drama while trying to indict Cardell in the slaying of Will, ESPN reports. While the district attorney was in the middle of a testimony in a preliminary hearing to find out if the state had probably cause to indict Cardell, an assistant rushed into the room to say that the grand jury had already indicted him, making the preliminary hearing unnecessary.
The grand jury charged Cardell with four different counts which included aggravated assault with a firearm and aggravated criminal damage to a vehicle on top of the second degree murder and second degree attempted murder charges. Yikes! Cardell plead not guilty to all four counts. A fight also broke out in the courtroom between two women who were lead away in handcuffs.
Police originally explained that Will hit Cardell’s Mercedes with his Hummer, and when Will got out to argue with him, Cardell shot him 8 times, including seven times in the back. He also shot his wife Racquel twice in the legs, which lead to the attempted murder charge. However, it’s not as cut-and-dry as it sounds, because a witness said that they saw someone come and remove a gun from Will’s car before police arrived.
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