UPDATE: $1 million bond for man accused of killing former NFL player

Apr 10, 2016 10:22 PM

A New Orleans magistrate has set bond at $1 million for the man accused of killing former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith. Magistrate Brigid Collins noted that Smith was shot in the back and side.

Defense attorney John Fuller said after Sunday's hearing that 28-year-old Cardell Hayes is not guilty of the second-degree murder charge on which he's being held.

He implied that Hayes fired because he believed Smith was going for a gun of his own.

Fuller says the accident that police said touched off the shooting late Saturday was the second within moments. He says a hit-and-run driver had just run into the back of Hayes' Hummer, and Hayes had called 911 and was following the other vehicle to get its license plate number.

Fuller won't say whether Hayes identifies Smith's Mercedes as the vehicle that hit the Hummer.

New Orleans' police chief says Hayes also shot and wounded Smith's wife during an argument after Hayes' Hummer rear-ended Smith's Mercedes.


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