Suspect Found Guilty In Killing Of Former NFL Player

David Hookstead | Contributor

Suspect Cardell Hayes was found guilty of manslaughter on Monday in the killing of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith.

The verdict was handed down Monday morning after five and half hours of deliberation by the jury, according to ESPN. The manslaughter charge carries a sentence of up to 40 years. He was also found guilty of attempted manslaughter for injuring Smith’s wife, Racquel. (SLIDESHOW: This Supermodel Might Be The Sexiest NFL Girlfriend)

A spokesperson for the Smith family released the following statement to the media:

Because of the upcoming sentencing hearing, in which Racquel will provide a victim impact statement, she does not feel it is appropriate to comment on the facts of the case at this time. The main focus of Will Smith’s family is to see Mr. Hayes justly sentenced for the murder he so callously committed.

Former Saints running back Duece McAllister also spoke to the media following the verdict. (SLIDESHOW: Celebrate College Basketball With These Sexy Cheerleaders)

“It was a tough situation the whole time. There was no way either party could really win. I talked to Racquel. I don’t know if you ever find happiness in losing your husband. How can you ever find happiness in that?” he told the media, according to the same ESPN report. (SLIDESHOW: 13 Times Lindsey Vonn Proved She’s One Of The Hottest Women Alive)

Hayes shot and killed Smith April 9 during an argument after a traffic accident in New Orleans, but maintained that it was in self-defense.

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