NEW ORLEANS — Bail was set at $225,000 Thursday for the person who shot ex-New Orleans Saints star Will Smith in New Orleans in 2016 following a confrontation over a site visitors crash.
Cardell Hayes was sentenced to 25 years in jail for a manslaughter conviction in Smith’s taking pictures and tried manslaughter for wounding Smith’s spouse. However the verdict from the jury was not unanimous — jurors voted 10-2 — and has since been dominated unconstitutional.
It was not instantly clear when Hayes, who has not been free since his arrest, could be launched. Nevertheless it appeared that the court docket and his attorneys anticipated him to make bail throughout detailed discussions concerning the circumstances of his launch pending a July 12 trial. The bail quantity set Thursday was far lower than the $1.75 million set when he was arrested and charged with second-degree homicide.
State Decide Camille Buras famous that prosecutors plan to proceed with prosecution for manslaughter and tried manslaughter, not the unique fees. She set bail at $175,000 on the manslaughter cost and $50,000 for tried manslaughter.
Buras dominated from the bench on the courthouse in New Orleans. Smith’s widow, Racquel Smith, and Hayes each witnessed the listening to over Zoom.
Hayes insisted at trial that he shot Smith in self-defense throughout a confrontation over a site visitors crash. However he was the one trial witness to say Smith held a gun or fired it. A handgun was discovered loaded however unused in Smith’s automotive.
Buras had delayed an instantaneous bond ruling at a listening to earlier this month, noting questions on whether or not Hayes may legally be tried on a second-degree homicide cost after the primary jury got here again with a lesser verdict.
Smith, a 34-year-old father of three, was a defensive chief on the Saints group that lifted spirits in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina devastated town in 2005. He helped carry the group to a profitable season in 2006 and a Tremendous Bowl victory in 2010.
Hayes, 33, who owned a tow truck enterprise, had performed semi-pro soccer and is the daddy of a younger son.