The Latest: Court hearing set in death of ex-Saints player

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Posted: Apr 11, 2016 11:36 AM
The Latest: Court hearing set in death of ex-Saints player

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on fatal shooting of former New Orleans Saints player (all times local):

7:25 a.m.

The 28-year-old man accused of killing a former New Orleans Saints player will appear before a state judge in Orleans Parish Criminal Court.

Cardell Hayes is being held one $1 million bond in the death of Will Smith. Hayes will appear in magistrate's court Monday at 3 p.m. to let the court know of his permanent attorney.

Attorney John Fuller represented Hayes at a bond hearing Sunday evening. But he says he won't be able to work as an attorney starting May 2, because he is beginning a temporary appointment as a judge.

Fuller tried to get a lower bond Sunday, but said afterward that he'd told Hayes to expect bond on that charge to run between $1 million and $1.5 million.

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

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3:40 a.m.

Former New Orleans Saints player Will 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. They arrested Cardell Hayes, 28, on a charge of second-degree murder. 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.