Opening statements expected in trial over Saints star 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)
NEW ORLEANS (AP) After a jury selection process that lasted well into the night, opening statements are expected in the trial of the man charged with murder after he shot retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith.
Cardell Hayes faces life in prison if convicted on a second-degree murder charge. He's also charged with attempted second-degree murder because Smith's wife Racquel was wounded by gunfire.
The shots rang out during an argument that followed an April 9 traffic crash.
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Twelve jurors and four alternates were chosen Monday.
Hayes's defense lawyer has cast Smith as the aggressor in the argument.
Prosecutors have said Hayes willfully rammed Smith's SUV – leading to the confrontation.
Surveillance video from near the scene showed Smith's vehicle had earlier lightly struck Hayes' vehicle.