Motion for new trial could delay sentencing for Cardell Hayes

Testimony in Cardell Hayes takes a bizarre turn

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The attorney for the man convicted of killing former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith has filed a motion for a new trial, which could delay sentencing scheduled for Wednesday.

Sentencing for Cardell Hayes could be delayed today after Judge Camille Buras rules on the new motion filed by Hayes' defense team, seeking a new trial.

Hayes faces up to 60 years in prison after a December manslaughter conviction in Smith's death and attempted manslaughter for the shooting of Smith's wife, Racquel.

The shooting happened in April of 2016 after an altercation in the Lower Garden District.

Racquel Smith and other members of the Smith family were expected to testify Wednesday at the sentencing hearing, which was scheduled before the motion for a new trial was filed.

Judge Buras will rule first on the motion for a new trial and will then decide if the sentencing hearing will proceed.

Members of the Hayes family are also expected to testify during the sentencing hearing.

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