Accused Will Smith killer indicted for 2nd degree murder

Accused Will Smith killer indicted for 2nd degree murder

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Cardell Hayes, the man accused of killing former New Orleans Saint Will Smith, was indicted Thursday afternoon by a grand jury.

Hayes is indicted for attempted 2nd degree murder, 2nd degree murder, aggravated assault and aggravated criminal damage.

In an unusual turn of events, the indictment was handed up at the same time a preliminary hearing was taking place before a magistrate judge at New Orleans Criminal Court.

The preliminary hearing would given Hayes' defense team its first look at some of the evidence and likely an opportunity to cross-examine NOPD homicide detective Bruce Brueggeman, the lead investigator on the case.

During the brief hearing, an NOPD officer and EMS worker were called to the stand to give their account of what they encountered on the shooting scene.

The hearing ended abruptly though when the grand jury handed up an indictment.

Bond was set at $1.75 million.

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