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Man indicted in fatal shooting of ex-Saints player Will Smith

New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith appears before an NFL football game against the New York Giants on Dec. 9, 2012.

New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith appears before an NFL football game against the New York Giants on Dec. 9, 2012.

(Bill Kostroun / Associated Press)

A grand jury has indicted a business owner on a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of retired New Orleans Saints’ defensive end Will Smith.

The indictment was read Thursday. Cardell Hayes also faces charges of attempted second-degree murder because police say he shot and wounded Smith’s wife April 9 after they got into a traffic dispute.

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Police said Hayes’ Hummer hit Smith’s Mercedes SUV from behind and they got into an argument.

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A lawyer for Hayes has said repeatedly that his client was not the aggressor and that the truth will come out during the investigation. Hayes has been jailed since the shooting.

Business owner Cardell Hayes has been indicted on a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of retired New Orleans Saints' defensive end Will Smith.

Business owner Cardell Hayes has been indicted on a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of retired New Orleans Saints’ defensive end Will Smith.

(Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office )

A lawyer for Smith’s family has described Hayes as “enraged” during the shooting and portrayed his clients as the victims.

The indictment was announced during a preliminary hearing in the case.

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