Athletes Behaving Badly

Widow of former Saints star Will Smith sues his killer


This April 10, 2016, file photo provided by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office shows Cardell Hayes. The trial for Hayes charged with second-degree murder in the April 9 shooting death of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith begins with jury selection Monday, Dec. 5. (Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

This April 10, 2016, file photo provided by the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office shows Cardell Hayes. The trial for Hayes charged with second-degree murder in the April 9 shooting death of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith begins with jury selection Monday, Dec. 5. (Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The widow of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith is suing the man who was convicted of fatally shooting her husband after a traffic crash.

Multiple news outlets report that Racquel Smith filed the lawsuit Friday against Cardell Hayes in Orleans Parish Civil District Court

A jury convicted Hayes of manslaughter in Smith’s death and of attempted manslaughter for wounding Smith’s wife on the night of April 9, 2016. The 29-year-old still awaits his sentencing.

The lawsuit also targets the companies that insured the cars owned by the Smiths and Hayes.

At his trial in December, Hayes argued that he fired in self-defense after inadvertently colliding with Smith’s vehicle.

Source: AP

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