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Cardell Hayes Found Guilty Of Manslaughter In Fatal Shooting Of Will Smith

A verdict has been reached in the Cardell Hayes-Will Smith case.

Cardell Hayes, who admitted to shooting former New Orleans Saint/Ohio State Buckeye Will Smith during an apparent road rage incident last spring, has been found guilty of manslaughter. Hayes was arguing the shooting was necessary as self-defense.

From The Advocate:

Manslaughter is a less severe charge than second-degree murder, a charge that Hayes was originally facing and that would have carried a mandatory life sentence. Manslaughter carries a minimum of 20 years in prison and a maximum of 40 years.


The jury also found Hayes, 29, guilty of attempted manslaughter for shooting Racquel Smith in both legs.

Sentencing is reportedly set for Feb. 17, 2017.

Smith, 34 at the time of his death, was a three-year starter at Ohio State and helped lead the Buckeyes to the 2002 national championship. With the New Orleans Saints, he was a first-round pick and a member of the 2009 Super Bowl team. He spent his entire NFL career with the franchise.