Cardell Hayes Will Smith

A New Orleans jury convicted Cardell Hayes of manslaughter in the shooting death of NFL star Will Smith, and attempted manslaughter of Smith’s wife, Raquel Smith.

Smith, 34, was shot to death during a road rage incident on April 9. Smith’s wife was also shot but she survived her injury.

According to local ABC affiliate WGNO, the tragic incident occurred at a red light when Hayes’ car tapped the rear bumper of Smith’s Mercedes SUV just as the light turned green.

Kevin O’Neal, a passenger in Hayes’ Hummer said Smith slammed the brakes, causing Hayes to hit him from behind. The impact shattered the rear window of Smith’s truck.

Neal claims Smith said, “I have a gun” and Cardell Hayes said, “I’ve got one too,” before he shot the New Orleans Saints defensive player.

A loaded weapon was found in Smith’s SUV. But tests showed the gun had not been fired.

Hayes testified that Smith punched him multiple times. But Neal contradicted Hayes’ testimony, saying there was no physical contact between the two men.

Neal’s testimony drew gasps in the courtroom when he said the football player “caused his own demise”.

Hayes’ attorney, John Fuller, said his client acted in self defense after a hit-and-run.

“My client was not the aggressor,” Fuller said in April, according to The Times-Picayune.

“This boy acted in self-defense,” he said, touching Hayes’ shoulder.

In his closing arguments on Sunday, Orleans Parish Assistant District Attorney Jason Napoli told the jury: “Will Smith played defense for the Saints but he was defenseless that night. Now it’s your turn to play defense for him”.

“Racquel Smith had to watch as the love of her life was murdered,” Napoli said.

After the jury returned its guilty verdict, Racquel Smith thanked the New Orleans Police Department and district attorney’s office who “worked tirelessly,” on the case. She said her “heart is full of gratitude,” in a statement released on Sunday.

Hayes faces up to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 17.


  • Scromes1212

    Very happy about this verdict. They went for the right charges and got the outcome they hoped for. DA’s take notice.

  • Kirenee

    So sad… Glad this savage was found guilty.

  • Jamal Warner

    He gets found guilty with no video, but Walter Scott killer has a mistrial and he has a HD video of him committing murder.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Messing up your car is worth taking someone’s life? Shame. Glad the family got justice.

  • Sucker Free

    I don’t get these trigger happy drivers…its never that serious! Vehicles are insured and can be compensated for…lives cannot

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Just unfortunate….Exchange insurance information and keep it pushing….It shouldn’t have got to that point.

  • Guest

    This boy? wtf and smh.

  • Mr. LeBrick James

    Yup. He’ll be an old man by the time he gets out of prison. Totally not worth it.

  • SummerBaby

    I’ve read so much about this case, the victim, his wife & the shooter. I’m a little torn. So I’ll go be productive & catch up next post.

  • Mr. LeBrick James

    I didnt take that as a racial thing. He’s just trying to make his client more of a sympathetic figure, I guess.

    His attorney John Fuller is black, by the way.

  • Sucker Free

    These people need meds or marijuana geez…relax!

  • Sexy CJ
  • nucynu25

    I am torn abt this …at the end of the day a lot if lives are in turmoil behind foolishness.

  • SummerBaby

    I just said the same thing.

  • nick c

    So many people do the slam brake when they mad for what? That hummer definitely can’t stop on the dime. But I can see why hayes mad he gonna get a ticket and be at fault it’s just not worth it dude just expect it next time and check your distance.

  • iWasteTime

    Cause if you hit the back of a car in most states you are in the wrong and your insurance is going to go up, plus liable for any damage. My state is no fault so we both screwed

  • Carolina Blue

    This story just doesnt make sense too me. I just feel like we dont know the whole story. Maybe it is what it is idk….

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    What are your thoughts?
    I have several theories:
    1) The wife put out a hit out on her husband–that’s why the idiot shot her in the leg and why she was crying about her leg instead of her mourning over her husband who had been shot.

    2) It was a case of mistaken identity and the killer thought that Smith was the cop who killed his father and he was exacting revenge.

    3)It was a road rage incident but I don’t understand why he shot the wife.

  • MystyBlu

    I don’t know enough about this case to really comment. Sad all the way around because essentially two lives are lost and many more will be negatively affected.

  • klwbaby

    After hearing about incidents like this and others, I know when I feel road rage coming on, I need to just drive away and not engage with the other driver.

  • Scromes1212

    You over thinking it. Just pure ignorance.

  • hottlanta

    Yes that is sad. What is ever sadder about putting our lives in turmoil/danger is that Trump said he doesn’t need daily intelligence briefing. He is a smart man.

  • nucynu25

    Omg

  • MystyBlu

    Ummmmm is that Cardell on the left? Every pic I see in the news is of a big dude ?

  • nucynu25

    All of what he said is floating around …

  • nucynu25

    No , that’s his bro .

  • Carolina Blue

    Right. Last night it was a pic of a big dude.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    I was thinking the same thing.

  • Carolina Blue

    Oh ok

  • MystyBlu

    Which one? I’m seeing mugshots of a big dude with locs. Who’s this skinny guy?

  • nucynu25

    Big dude ..Cardell ..this is his bro

  • MystyBlu

    Got me all kinds of confused looking at this scrawny dude. ?

  • Carolina Blue

    Exactly. Yes its ignorance but something is off.

  • Carolina Blue

    You are not alone

  • MystyBlu

    Ok thanks. I have no clue why his brother is up there instead of him. ?

  • JerseyMom

    Lesson: The Stand Your Ground Defense or self defense does not work for Negroes in a court of law.

    Stop the violence.

  • Jussie-JustLooking4Peace

    This was so senseless, this guy pulled out in front of me and then flicked me off? HUH

    I put my hands into a prayer position. I probably should have turned my head. FOLKS IS OUT OF CONTROL CRAZY and TRIGGER HAPPY, SHOOT YOU IF YOU POOT.

  • MystyBlu

    Not alooowwnnnnn! Would you be there for me…in the mawnen in the evenin?! Not aloewwnnnn you and me not alownnnn!

    Sorry. One of my fave MJ songs down to the adlibs ?

  • Scromes1212

    That ni**a just did some foul shi. Imo. Either way he deserves the same amount of time. Life without.

  • Jussie-JustLooking4Peace

    STOP THE VIOLENCE

  • Carolina Blue

    Lord roots is on AGAIN. I have shit to do but im stuck on this couch watching like its the first time.

  • nucynu25

    Idk ..honestly Will was drunk as Coota Brown . 2 aggressive men got into an altercation ..Will said he had a gun before he could get his Cardell got his . So if that is the case I honestly can’t fault Cardell that much ..BC I know 4sho I ain’t waiting around for you to shoot me .

  • Carolina Blue

    ???
    I see I took you there..

  • MystyBlu

    Haha my grandmother had me watch that during her last Christmas. We were up til after 4 am watching episode after episode on DVD.

  • nucynu25

    Idk , he testified in court tho .

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I was in Miami last Monday and I was trying to change lanes with my blinker on and chica behind me got heated.

    I was like bish I had my blinker on and I slowly pulled in front of you.

    She jumped to the next lane. I was damn.

  • Buttercup

    Which network? I’ve already finished my work for the day.

  • MystyBlu

    Lmao I’m all in my musical feelings right now! I would font “will you be there” lyrics though. Ion like free Willy that much ?

  • Carolina Blue

    How the hell am i supposed to engage in a serious conversation with you talkin about some damn “coota brown” ???

  • miamac63

    I think it was meant to draw sympathy and indeed not to insult. I mean this case ties to a “boy” or young man suing cops for shooting and killing his dead. So asgsin, I think it was a play on words.

  • MystyBlu

    Gotcha. Sandy stays putting up pics and leaving us to connect the dots ?

  • Carolina Blue

    Lol well idk that 1

  • nucynu25

    Just try ???

  • Carolina Blue

    Bounce tv

  • Pamela

    That’s a picture of the passenger in Cardell’s car

  • Jen_no_juice

    He’s been locked up and not enjoying mama’s gumbo, crawfish, and Mac n cheese

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    You know Sandra and her minions slip up once in a while because they are trying to get it quickly.

  • iWasteTime

    New post
    pitting black women

  • MystyBlu

    They used to play that video alllllll the time! It’s from the free Willy soundtrack. I think it’s on MJ’s dance experience too. ?DJM

  • MyNameIs

    As he should have. Why go back to rear end this man instead of calling the police?? He followed him..rear ended him…and it escalated. He was looking for trouble that night. It’s sad overall.

  • Carolina Blue

    Lol trust me im not. Ive never watched free willy so….

  • miamac63

    Well, they say it may have been more considering the deceased was dining with one of the officers accused of shooting the shooter’s father. Time may reveal if there was bent up hostility.

  • MystyBlu

    Right! And who the hell is coota brown?!

  • Sucker Free

    Some facts missing up top? …smith hit Hayes vehicle then sped away…Hayes gave chase…Smith then slammed his brakes causing Hayes to rear end him…

    Senseless indeed…1st accident was likely no damage…people need to chill is all I got from this

  • Carolina Blue

    I give up!! Already.??

  • MystyBlu

    Oh I didn’t see the movie. MTV, jukebox and such used to play the music video and it had clips from the movie. But I play the MJ dance experience on wii.

  • MystyBlu

    Ummmm the man I saw could’ve been locked up for 5 years and STILL not looked like this ?

  • Carolina Blue

    They just captured kunta so its at a good starting place?

  • Carolina Blue

    ??? oh i see.

  • hottlanta

    Love my Bounce. It is like cable without the monthly bill.

  • Buttercup

    Thanks sugar.

  • Carolina Blue

    Aint it!!

  • Carolina Blue

    Your welcome…??

  • MystyBlu

    Now I WOULD judge me watching some damn free Willy! Ion like animals enough to see a whole movie about one. And there were like 50-11 sequels to it smdh

  • MystyBlu

    Thanks!

  • Renee26

    Just like they kept calling the passenger Neal…but said his name was O’Neal

  • Carolina Blue

    Right. They played all 109847 of them in school but i wasnt present?

  • Being bad is way more fun

    This is great but I am still upset they let him out of jail right after he had killed him .. If this was reversed then he would have never been let out of jail .. This is the outrage of the double justice system in America !!

  • SummerBaby

    Call the police?! ? Folks are scared to call them even when needed these days.

  • Renee26

    Lol he said that???

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Yeah he said why should he read the same thing every day.
    He only reads it when something changes.
    As if situations globally don’t change by the second.
    Lord we’re in TROUBLE.

  • SummerBaby

    Reversed how? If the ex NFL player killed him?

  • MystyBlu

    Exactly! I came here to learn…not watch this nonsense cuz stank ass Mrs. Ferraro didn’t come to work today. Thankfully yearbook duty got me out of watching the dumb shyt.

  • MystyBlu

    This man up top is severely dehydrated but I don’t think they starved big dude to look like that ?

  • Mr. LeBrick James

    Are you sure you’e not thinking about the Joe McKnight case, not the Will Smith case? I dont remember this guy being released right after the shooting.

  • nick c

    Wild conclusions thankfully clear minded people were on the jury.

  • brooklyn23

    I’ve never watched it before. But heck when I was a kid I use to like watching Reading Rainbow. The nice programs that existed when I was a child

  • brooklyn23

    I was told not to get nervous when I’m tailgated, but I can’t help it. I don’t know what’s on the next persons mind so when that happens if there’s room I pull over and let them go around. But if it’s something where there’s only 1 lane I speed up. Like wtf I shouldn’t have to speed if I’m going the speed limit and your ass didn’t leave on time to get where you got to go. Smh And I hate when mofos honk as soon as the light turns green, like dame homey let me press the gas I’m going. Road rage is real but not worth it.

  • MyNameIs

    The route he chose certainly wasn’t a smart one. Even if he didn’t want to call the police….what he chose to do was stupid.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Could have and should have been avoided. Two seemingly decent men…sad.

    I don’t believe Hayes saw red immediately. I’m sure they both had a lot of bravado that night. And for whaaat.

  • i troll it like i see it

    I agree, seems to be a case of two torqued up men trying to be the bigger man and somebody got killed.

  • Queen of EVERYTHING

    His attorney called him a boy… What?! Awwww fug naw.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Definitely! Over nothing.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    I agree. Lots of misinformation or lack of information.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    To go with your #3 some have speculated that Smith shot the wife accidentally.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Justice ain’t so just ?

  • Nina Ross

    i think it was self-defense, notice how everyone wants to come to the defense of the white wife…

  • Nina Ross

    Did you not read that Smith SLAMMED ON THE BRAKES, he also was drunk driving, pulled a hit & run, the white friend left the scene in a taxi cab, etc, etc

  • Nina Ross

    Why? Because Smith is a football player with a white wife??

  • Nina Ross

    Slave mentality

  • Nina Ross

    Some Black people have the same mentality as white supremacist.

  • Mr. LeBrick James

    How is it self defense when his wife didnt have a weapon on her and was no threat to him? What’s his justification for shooting her (twice) ?

  • Queen B

    “This boy….” ? Wait a minute (kevin hart’s voice) no white male should use the term “boy” to describe a black male

  • Ant Hill

    Then why not fight with your hands then?

  • Tunie

    That is Cardell Hayes friend James O’Neal. That is NOT Cardell Hayes!
    #Lazy

  • Bubbles

    I stopped at “This boy… ?

  • nick c

    You have a misguided view of the facts the article clearly states hayes didn’t know who hit him earlier. His testimony is in question because he lied about Smith firing a gun and beating him up which was clearly false. You rear end someone it’s your fought hands down been like that for decades. He also looks guilty which is sadly one of the most important factors in the jury convicting you at trial.

  • TooMuchTea

    Thanks bc I was abt to say he clean up nice.

  • MyNameIs

    What??? ?

  • nick c

    REAR END MEANS YOU WERE TOO CLOSE!!!! You get ticket for failure to yield and your insurance pays out.

  • MyNameIs

    Why did the guy follow him aside from getting the plate number? We have different views ….I barely have time to post and I’m not going to spend my time debating with you. Have a good day.

  • Sucker Free

    No hun…I got these facts elsewhere…plus that isn’t even Hayes up top…do your research before u step to my comments…

  • Sucker Free

    No hun…I got these facts elsewhere…plus that isn’t even Hayes up top…do your research before u step to my comments…

  • Carolina Blue

    Right

  • Banka

    Noooooooo … because he will now go to prison for murder. Over something that was easily avoidable.

  • PussyGal0re

    She is NOT white!

  • You already know ?

    That’s exactly what I did!..?????

  • Scromes1212

    I’m sorry? Can you elaborate?

  • cherrypie

    Right! I was thinking damn shame because he is sexy.

  • S T
  • S T

    ?lemme see (*clears threat)
    Butterfly in the skyyyyy, I can go twice as highhhhh… I can gooooo ANYwherrrrre; take a look, it’s in a book, Reading Rainbowwwww????

  • goat

    Fuller is young and black.

  • goat

    His wife is black

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    If others could be found guilty like this as well *coughs* good though

  • acire

    I don’t do well with that ish. Mr. Whatever would have sufficed!

  • shun king

    She got shot because she was near him

  • shun king

    If somebody tell you they going to they car and get a gun do you wait untill they get it and hope you survive the shoot out? Or protect yourself?

  • IndigoBlueSteele

    I think the full story is missing. Was it relevant at the trial. I think it is. Hayes’ father was shot and killed in NO. The city had to pay the family in a lawsuit. One of the cops that shot his dad was having dinner with Smith. Then Hayes was followed Smith and may have been angry about Smith having dinner with the cop.

    How did the altercation start on the road. Was Hayes following pursuing Smith and following closely causing Smith to do the no no and slam on his brakes. After the verbal spat Smith was headed back to his car and Hayes shot him. I believe Hayes was angry angry angry and his anger extended beyond road rage.

  • Felicia Kelley

    Interesting!!!
    But the White man goes free !!!

  • Jussjess25

    Exactly

  • sunni_daze

    You know it.

  • God is working on me!

    It’s weird two road rage stories end the same way, one shooter white, the other black and no one is saying ETC. They both reacted dumb but one faces 40 years and they other walks away free. More and more is coming to light. Where in the same state?

  • Felicia Kelley

    We all know why!!!
    Denial is A MOTHER!!!!

  • slim3542

    yup…use the word boy….as in child…as in…not really responsible for his behavior.