Happening Today: Will Smith murder trial resumes

Former Saint Pierre Thomas testifies in 3rd day of Cardell Hayes trial

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - More witnesses will take the stand Wednesday in the Will Smith murder trial after a day of emotional testimony from Racquel Smith.

It was the first time Racquel Smith talked about the shooting since it happened.

She used dramatic language to describe Cardell Hayes, the man on trial for killing her husband.

In describing the night, Smith told jurors she and Will had food and drinks at French Quarter Fest.

They then met up with Smith's former teammate Pierre Thomas at another restaurant later that night.

Eventually, she said, they were involved in the accident with Hayes and that everyone got out of their cars and an argument ensued.

She says "we were walking back and I heard a pop, pop. I didn't know what it was. I felt burning all throughout my body," she testified.

She says she heard more shots and said Hayes' voice sounded "loud, evil."

"I was praying and crying. I was in a lot of pain and I could only think of my kids," she told jurors.

At one point in her testimony, Smith turned to the jury, telling them: "(Hayes) just looked at me with no remorse and the whole time I knew Will was no longer there," she said. "I just wanted my husband to know that I loved him. I just wanted to be with him when he took his last breath."

Before Racquel Smith she took the stand, Deuce McAllister was the first witness called by prosecutors.

He was in tears telling the jury about his friendship with Smith calling him a caring person.
While her testimony was powerful, Fox 8 legal analyst Joe Raspanti says it might not have had the impact the prosecution had hoped for.

"Her testimony was powerful, it was emotional, or students of the law want to say that doesn't count," Raspanti said. "But it does count because the jurors are people too."

When smith was asked by the defense whether her husband was acting aggressive and if she had to hold him back she replied "no." Then said she did have to hold his arm.

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