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Court denies appeal of man convicted ex-Saints star's death

1 year 3 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, March 27 2019 Mar 27, 2019 March 27, 2019 2:21 PM March 27, 2019 in Sports - AP - National

By REBECCA SANTANA
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A court is rejecting an appeal by the man convicted of killing former Saints football star Will Smith during a traffic altercation.

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeal in a ruling Wednesday affirmed the conviction of Cardell Hayes in the April 2016 killing.

Hayes is serving a 25-year sentence for manslaughter in Smith's death and attempted manslaughter in the wounding of Smith's wife.

Hayes insisted at trial that he fired after a drunk, angry Smith retrieved a gun from his car and fired first. Hayes was convicted in a 10-2 decision.

His lawyer argued on appeal that Hayes acted in self-defense and that evidence that surfaced after the trial lent credibility to his assertion.

But the appeals court wrote that the "evidence presented at trial was sufficient" to convict.

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