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Man who shot ex-NFL star released on bond

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The man who shot ex-New Orleans Saints star Will Smith in New Orleans in 2016 following a confrontation over a traffic crash was released on bond Thursday.

Posted: Mar 18, 2021 12:06 PM
Updated: Mar 19, 2021 2:45 PM

UPDATE 3/19/2021 2:44PM- NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The man who shot ex-New Orleans Saints star Will Smith in New Orleans in 2016 following a confrontation over a traffic crash was released on bond Thursday. Cardell Hayes was sentenced to 25 years in prison for a manslaughter conviction in Smith’s shooting and attempted manslaughter for wounding Smith’s wife. But the verdict from the jury was not unanimous — jurors voted 10-2 — and has since been ruled unconstitutional. Hayes’ attorney, Eric Santana, said he was released after the bond was lowered from $1.75 million to $225,000. The new bail amount was far less than the $1.75 million set when he was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Hayes insists he shot Smith in self-defense during a confrontation over a traffic crash.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Bail for the man who fatally shot ex-NFL star Will Smith in New Orleans in 2016 has been set at $225,000. A state judge set the bond Thursday for Cardell Hayes. It wasn't immediately clear when he would be able to leave jail once the bail is obtained. Hayes was sentenced to 25 years in prison for a manslaughter conviction. But the jury's verdict wasn't unanimous and has since been ruled unconstitutional. Hayes insisted he shot Smith in self-defense during a confrontation over a traffic crash. Thursday's bail was much lower than the $1.7 million bail he faced on his original 2016 charge of second-degree murder.

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