NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The man who fatally shot former NFL star Will Smith following a 2016 traffic collision has a bond hearing scheduled Thursday, in quest of freedom after his manslaughter conviction in Smith’s death used to be overturned ensuing from his trial jury’s vote used to be no longer unanimous.
Cardell Hayes used to be sentenced to 25 years in penal complex for the manslaughter conviction in Smith’s taking pictures and tried manslaughter within the wounding of Smith’s companion Raquel. The convictions got right here on 10-2 jury votes at Hayes’ December 2016 trial.
But the U.S. Supreme Courtroom has since dominated that non-unanimous verdicts are unconstitutional. His conviction used to be tossed and his attorneys sought bond.
Hayes has insisted he shot Smith in self-protection one day of a battle of words over a traffic rupture.