ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 30: Will Smith #91 of the New Orleans Saints looks on against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on October 30, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis won 31-21. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Punches fly outside courtroom following charges filed against man accused of killing Saints' Will Smith


Cardell Hayes, the man alleged to have shot and killed Will Smith, has been charged with second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder on Smith's wife Racquel, aggravated assault with a firearm and aggravated criminal damage to a vehicle, per ESPN.

"A fight broke out between two women just outside the courtroom as observers were filing out (of the preliminary hearing). Bailiffs broke up the fight, and the women were taken away in handcuffs.

Just before the preliminary hearing was halted, a private investigator working for Hayes' attorneys had testified that a witness told him that she had seen a man taking a gun from Smith's car before police arrived on the scene."

A discovery hearing is set for May 18.

Will Smith's wife, Racquel Smith, was shot in the leg and treated for her injuries, while Will Smith was shot in the back and side late Saturday night following a reported road-rage incident and died shortly thereafter, according to the USA Today.

Detectives are reportedly in the process of reviewing surveillance video released by  FOX 8 News in New Orleans, appearing to show former Pro Bowler Will Smith's vehicle striking Hayes' Hummer prior to the road-rage shooting that killed the former New Orleans Saints defender.


"Prior to the actions that led to Mr. Smith's death, my client was involved in a hit-and-run. Someone hit him. The person failed to pull over," Hayes' attorney, John Fuller said, per CBS. "My client trailed behind this person in an effort to get their license plate number. My client also called 9-1-1."

According to Hayes' attorney, per USA Today, the case is much more complex than the police have made it out to be as he points to Hayes calling 911 after being hit and convincing a witness to stay and speak with police.