VICE's sports true crime series "Red Cards" recently revisited the April 2016 killing of former Saints player Will Smith, which resulted in a 25-year prison sentence for Cardell Hayes despite Hayes' claims that he justifiably shot Smith in self-defense.
Hayes was also convicted of wounding Smith's wife Racquel during a confrontation following two car collisions in the Lower Garden District in quick succession. Hayes is appealing his convictions of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter.
The 40-minute film is slickly produced and counts on interviews with people close to both Smith — such as former Saints receiver Lance Moore — and Hayes, including his mother, Dawn Mumphrey. Hayes' family provided the film crew with home videos showing him with his young son that also appear to be exclusive.
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Many aspects of the case that are explored have previously been reported. But the documentary presents them in a concise narrative that will be helpful to anyone hoping to introduce themselves to the case or seeking a refresher on a violent confrontation that left one father dead and sent another to prison.
Staff writer Ramon Antonio Vargas
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Below is a retelling of the events that led to the shooting death of Will Smith and injury of Smith's wife, Racquel.