The Latest: Jury selection begins in Saints star's death

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2012, file photo, New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith appears before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. The trial for Cardell Hayes charged with second-degree murder in the April 9, 2016, shooting death of Smith begins with jury selection Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) The Latest on the Will Smith shooting-death trial (all times local):

9:45 a.m.

About 130 potential jury candidates have begun filing into a New Orleans courtroom for the Will Smith shooting-death trial.

The candidates arrived about 9:30 a.m. Monday. Jury selection is expected to be completed by Tuesday afternoon.

The courtroom was too crowded for journalists to be allowed inside. Outside, a handful of protesters brandished signs that read, ''Free Cardell Hayes.''

Hayes was wearing a dark suit Monday; he previously had appeared in court dressed in prison orange.

The 29-year-old Hayes has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in Smith's death, and attempted second-degree murder in the wounding of Smith's wife. Smith was a retired New Orleans Saints player who played on the 2009 team that won the Super Bowl.

Smith died after being shot eight times the night of April 9.

7:10 a.m.

Questioning of potential jurors is set to begin in the trial of a man charged with fatally shooting former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith earlier this year.

Twenty-nine-year-old Cardell Hayes has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in Smith's death, and attempted second-degree murder in the wounding of Smith's wife.

Monday's trial opens with jury selection in New Orleans.

Smith died after being shot eight times the night of April 9.

Smith's SUV had been rear-ended by a Hummer that was driven by Hayes. Jurors likely will be faced with conflicting testimony over which of the two drivers was the aggressor in the confrontation that followed.