The murder of this NFL player just took another shocking twist


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Will Smith was shot and killed back in April over an alleged road rage incident.

The investigation took a shocking twist Tuesday when NOLA.com reported Smith, one of the drivers in the reported accident that preluded the shooting, had a blood alcohol level "severely over the legal limit."

"One source said toxicology results, which have yet to be made public, put Smith's blood alcohol content at 0.24 percent, three times Louisiana's legal limit of 0.08 percent. The two sources discussed the report on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly."

Attorneys for Cardell Hayes have maintained he shot Will Smith in self-defense.
Three guns were reportedly recovered from the scene, including two from Hayes and a loaded handgun from Will Smith's vehicle (police maintain there is no indication that the former Pro Bowler fired the gun).

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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 following a reported road-rage incident and died shortly thereafter, according to the USA Today.

Hayes could also be charged in the shooting of Racquel Smith in addition to the second-degree murder charge he faces against the alleged shooting of Will Smith, per Associated Press.

Detectives are reportedly reviewed surveillance video released by FOX 8 News in New Orleans, which appears 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.

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