Cardell Hayes indicted on murder charge, attempted murder charge

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NEW ORLEANS — Cardell Hayes was indicted on a second-degree murder charge Thursday in the death of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith. He was also charged with second-degree attempted murder of Smith’s wife, Racquel.

On a day marked by unruly behavior, with developments in multiple courtrooms, Hayes pleaded not guilty to all four counts against him, which include aggravated assault with a firearm and aggravated criminal damage to a vehicle. He was held on a total of $1.75 million bond.

Police have said Hayes’ Hummer hit Smith’s Mercedes SUV from behind on April 9, and they got into an argument in which Smith was shot and killed. The Orleans Parish coroner said Smith was shot eight times, and seven bullet wounds were in his back. Racquel Smith was shot twice in her legs, police said.

As soon as a grand jury handed down the indictment,

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