NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Defense attorneys for the man accused of killing Will Smith made two requests Friday, asking for strip club surveillance video in one instance and that the NOPD be recused from the case in another.
Our partners at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune report that Cardell Hayes' lawyers claim to have "numerous sources" that put Smith and his wife at either Larry Flint's Barely Legal Club, the Penthouse Club, or both clubs before they met friends for dinner at Sake Café last Saturday night. Smith was shot to death and his wife was injured just before 11:30 p.m. after that dinner.
On Friday, a magistrate court approved motions to preserve surveillance video from both clubs. Hayes' lawyers told NOLA.com that the video would help prove their client is "legally not guilty."
In the second request, Hayes attorney John Fuller sent the following letter to Mayor Mitch Landrieu, asking that the New Orleans Police Department be removed from the case:
"Dear Honorable Mayor,
"Due to a grave lack of faith in the honesty and competency in the investigation surrounding the death of Will Smith, the defense is requesting that you order the New Orleans Police Department to recuse itself and turn over the investigation to either the Louisiana State Police or Federal Bureau of Investigation. This lack of faith, in part,- stems from factual misstatements from high ranking members of the police department. As such, justice demands that this investigation immediately be relinquished to a more appropriate, uninvolved agency.
"John T. Fuller"
The mayor's office sent FOX 8 the following statement when asked about their response to Fuller's letter:
"Every homicide in New Orleans deserves a fair, thorough and complete investigation, and that is what we are doing in this case. We will continue to follow the facts wherever they take us."