Following Will Smith’s tragic death on Saturday night, two sides have emerged with details on what happened leading up to the road-rage incident that lead to seven of eight shots being fired into the former New Orleans Saint’s back, per ESPN.
While Cardell Hayes’ passenger’s attorney has claimed self-defense and a “justifiable homicide,” Racquel Smith, wife of Will, and her family’s attorney have a far different story.
Evan Woodbery transcribed what was said during the family’s press conference Wednesday:
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.
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 in the process of reviewing surveillance video released by FOX 8 News in New Orleans on Monday evening, 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.