Cardell Hayes has been found guilty of manslaughter in the killing of former Saints star Will Smith. He could now face up to 40 years in prison.
Smith was shot and killed by Hayes on April 9th after a road rage incident. The trial began last Monday through the weekend. The jury started deliberating yesterday and within 5 hours had reached a verdict.
Hayes stood still and stared straight ahead during the verdict. He was also found guilty of attempted manslaughter in the shooting of Will Smith’s wife Racquel. She could be heard weeping in the courtroom after the verdict was read.
Hayes’ sentencing is scheduled for February 17th.