New Orleans Saints NFL football team head coach Sean Payton enters the Orleans Parish criminal courthouse for a sentencing hearing for Cardell Hayes, who was convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of former New Orlea.
"If he was sentenced to 60 years he probably could have died in jail".
Racquel Smith, center, widow of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith, leaves the Orleans Parish criminal courthouse with supporters, during a recess for a sentencing hearing for Cardell Hayes, who killed her husband and shot her, and was convicted of manslaughter in New Orleans, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. "Lock me up and give me my son back". Surveillance video showed his Mercedes possibly bumping Hayes' Hummer, then driving off.
The defense noted that Hayes owned a business towing cars and lacked any prior record of serious crimes. Many things have been said regarding this case.
Racquel Smith was not happy with the sentence. Dawn Mumphrey, Hayes' mother, begged.
"He's (Cardell Hayes) ready to accepting his sentence knowing that he told the truth ..." The former National Football League star's loaded gun was found in his vehicle, unused.
Prosecutor Jason Napoli enters the Orleans Parish criminal courthouse for a sentencing hearing for Cardell Hayes, who was convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith, in New Or.More news: In Syria, At Least 39 Killed In Explosion As Evacuations Stall
"You still maintain that Will Smith got a gun and that's how Raquel" was shot, Napoli asked. Saints stars past and present - including coach Sean Payton, quarterback Drew Brees and former running back Deuce McAllister - often dropped in to the trial to show support for Smith's friends and family. He insisted he fired at Smith, hitting him once in the side and seven times in the back, only because he believed Smith had retrieved a gun from the SUV.
During sentencing, Judge Buras rejected the idea that Hayes acted in self defense.
Hayes shot Smith to death in April 2016 during a traffic dispute.
Assistant district attorneys Jason Napoli and Laura Rodrigue conceded that Smith was intoxicated - his blood alcohol content of.235 was almost three times the state's legal limit to drive - and that he certainly was angry when first confronting Hayes after being rear-ended at a calculated 15 miles per hour, shortly before 11:30 p.m. on Sophie B. Wright Place near Felicity Street.
A prosecutor is calling for maximum punishment for the killer of New Orleans Saints star Will Smith. That would include the maximum 40 years for Hayes' manslaughter conviction, followed by another 20 for attempted manslaughter in the wounding of Smith's wife. The bushy-haired, bearded witness appeared near tears at times and twice let slip a profanity on the stand as he insisted that he heard two guns fired when Smith was killed. But he was convicted of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter.
Facing criticism about the allegations during Hayes' trial in December, Fuller said he merely referred to claims about Ceravolo that were reported to Hayes' legal team while it was gathering evidence to defend a client.
Judge Camille Buras is expected to sentence Hayes no later than Friday.