Cardell Hayes in court on special hearing

Cardell Hayes appears in court Tuesday

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The man convicted of killing former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith will be in court Tuesday morning on special hearing called by defense attorneys.

Hayes' s attorneys requested the hearing to call two people to testify; a doctor and an occupational therapist from University Medical Center. Both are believed to have treated Racquel Smith after she was shot on the night Will Smith was killed.

In December, Hayes was convicted of manslaughter in Smith's death and attempted manslaughter for shooting of Racquel Smith.

Throughout his trial, Hayes maintained he never shot Racquel Smith.

His attorneys are expected to use the testimony of the doctor and therapist to prove that argument.

Hayes faces 20-40 years in prison for the death of Will Smith and up to 20 years for shooting Racquel.

His sentencing is set for March 27th.

Members of the Smith family are expected to testify to give victim impact statements.

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