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Man convicted in Will Smith death files appeal

Lawyers have appealed the conviction of a man serving a 25-year sentence in the death of retired New Orleans Saints and Proctor High School football star Will Smith.

Posted: Feb. 16, 2018 1:44 PM
Updated: Feb. 16, 2018 1:54 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Lawyers have appealed the conviction of a man serving a 25-year sentence in the death of retired New Orleans Saints and Proctor High School football star Will Smith.

Cardell Hayes' lawyer says the trial judge should have granted a new trial because a witness reached the day after Hayes' conviction said he'd heard two guns at the time of the shooting. That would buttress Hayes' claim of self-defense.

The appeal filed Thursday also contends that Judge Camille Buras should have allowed testimony about Smith's 2010 arrest on a charge of domestic abuse. Attorney Paul Barker says this would have shown Smith could be violent when drunk.

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro released a statement Friday saying prosecutors proved Hayes' guilt. He also says the appeal contains falsehoods, which shows he hasn't begun rehabilitation.

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