Lawyers still waiting on Will Smith autopsy

Man accused of killing Will Smith appears in court

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - State prosecutors say they've turned over all of the evidence they have right now to the attorney for Will Smith shooting suspect Cardell Hayes. The state, though, continues to wait for a second supplemental report from homicide and a finalized autopsy report from the Coroner's Office.

Because there is additional evidence, Judge Camille Buras set another discovery hearing for June 1. Two days after that, there will be a bond reduction hearing in the case.

Hayes was indicted for second-degree murder in the death of the former Saints player and the attempted second-degree murder of Smith's wife, Raquel.

Everything unfolded April 9 after police said Hayes rear-ended Smith's Mercedes SUV and an argument ensued.

Retired NOPD officer William Ceravolo had dinner with Smith that night and was present during the police investigation. Ceravolo's attorney was present for the discovery hearing and commented on allegations of police misconduct involving her client that night.

"I would say the only help my client needs right now is in the court of public opinion, because someone who is defending the man who killed Will Smith isn't talking about why his client killed Will Smith. All he's talking about is alleged misconduct and he can't even bring a witness forward to make any of those allegations," said attorney Tanya Picou Faia.

The bond reduction hearing is set for June 3 at Orleans Criminal District Court.

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