New Retrial Date Set for Man Previously Convicted of Killing Ex- NFL Star

New Retrial Date Set for Man Previously Convicted of Killing Ex- NFL Star


A new retrial date of April 4 was set Wednesday for the man who killed former NFL star Will Smith in 2016 following a confrontation over a traffic crash in New Orleans.

Cardell Hayes remains free on bond after his earlier manslaughter conviction in the death of the former New Orleans Saints defensive end was overturned because the trial jury verdict was not unanimous.

He has pleaded not guilty and insisted at his earlier trial that he shot Smith in self-defense.

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A new trial had been set for this month. However, Assistant District Attorney Matthew Derbes expressed concerns over whether a jury pool that represents the demographic makeup of the New Orleans area could be assembled given complications arising from the coronavirus pandemic and the New Orleans area’s recovery from Hurricane Ida.

Derbes and defense attorney John Fuller jointly asked for a trial delay, and state District Judge Camille Buras granted

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