The next court date for the man accused of killing former Saints football player Will Smith has been set for April 28. Court records show that Cardell Hayes will have a preliminary hearing in his case then.
That preliminary hearing could provide the most revealing look yet at how and why police believe Hayes, 28, shot Smith on Saturday night in the Lower Garden District. Hayes has been booked on one count of second degree murder.
Lawyers frequently pepper homicide detectives with questions about the case against their clients at such hearings. Hayes’s defense attorney, John Fuller, has hinted that he believes much more information about the case would come out if he is offered a chance to examine an investigating officer. Fuller has suggested that there may have been a second gun on the scene.
The office of District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro Jr. could choose, however, to skip over a preliminary hearing by securing an indictment of Hayes.
Authorities have not yet booked Hayes in connection with the shooting of Smith’s wife, who received bullet wounds to her right leg during the incident. More details about the encounter could be forthcoming when he is booked on new counts, as police have said they will do.