The man accused of killing former NFL player Will Smith has been charged with second-degree murder.
Cardell Hayes pleaded not guilty on Thursday to all four counts against him, which also include second-degree attempted murder of Will's wife, Racquel, aggravated assault with a firearm and aggravated criminal damage to a vehicle. He is being held on $1.75 million bond.
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According to police, Cardell's Hummer hit the athlete's Mercedes SUV from behind on April 9. The two got into an argument, and Will was shot eight times, seven of which were in his back. Racquel was shot twice in her legs.
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Peter Thomson, an attorney for the Smiths, said the family was pleased with the indictment. "We're not surprised," he added in a statement. "And we're very confident that once all the facts are in evidence, then the defendant will be convicted on all counts. While nothing can relieve the pain that Racquel and her family are dealing with, we feel this is a step in the right direction toward justice."
The case's next hearing is scheduled for May 18.
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