12 jurors, 4 alternates selected in the Will Smith murder trial

12 jurors, 4 alternates selected in the Will Smith murder trial

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A jury was seated Monday night in the trial of Cardell Hayes, who faces second-degree murder in the April 9 death of former Saints player Will Smith.

Twelve jurors and four alternates - 10 women and six men - had been selected by 9:45 p.m. after some last-minute questions from Judge Camille Buras about whether the jurors had any hardships that would prevent them from serving and whether any had already formed an opinion about the case.

Buras said opening statements would begin Tuesday and she expected the trial to last through Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. That would mean the sequestered jurors could be finished before the Christmas holiday.

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