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Sean Payton testifies at Cardell Hayes’ sentencing

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Cardell Hayes was convicted of manslaughter in the death of former Saints defensive end Will Smith and attempted manslaughter in the shooting of Smith’s widow Raquel last December and he is expected to be sentenced for those crimes by the end of the week.

A sentencing hearing in New Orleans on Thursday saw Criminal District Court Judge Camille Buras deny a defense motion for a new trial and victim-impact testimony about Smith from family, children he coached on his daughter’s basketball team and Saints coach Sean Payton. Payton praised Smith’s leadership and said he was going to join the team’s coaching staff last year before being killed in April.

“He was special,” Payton said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “Rare. Not as a player, but as a man and a person and a teammate. I wanted more of this ‘special,’ and 2016 would have been his first year (coaching), this past year.”

Raquel Smith also testified and castigated Hayes for not owning up to what he did and for saying that Smith shot at him in the absence of any evidence that Smith fired a weapon during the altercation that led to his death.

Hayes faces 40 years on the manslaughter charge and 20 years for attempted manslaughter. Prosecutors are seeking the maximum 60 years and the hearing continues with defense witnesses on Thursday.

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10 Responses to “Sean Payton testifies at Cardell Hayes’ sentencing”
  1. kcchefs58 says: Apr 20, 2017 8:02 AM

    More guns = more safety

  2. superpatriotsfan says: Apr 20, 2017 8:42 AM

    Payton actually plays by the rules unlike Bill Belicheat who claims to “misinterpret” the rules.

  3. outlaw53 says: Apr 20, 2017 9:10 AM

    60 years in lockdown is not nearly enough for the low life Cardell Hayes. Yesterday they brought in a guy who said that he heard two different guns being shot…from a mile and a half away. On the stand…he crumbled, showing how much of a crackpot he was and how desperate the defense is to tell any kind of lie to get Cardell Hayes into a new trial…which he doesn’t deserve.

  4. mcmccii says: Apr 20, 2017 9:45 AM

    R.I.P.Will Smith

    Pray for New Orleans

  5. edavidberg says: Apr 20, 2017 10:56 AM

    Hayes belongs in prison for a long time.

  6. whenwilliteverend says: Apr 20, 2017 11:16 AM

    His sentence should be to lock him away and throw away the key—after putting his lawyer and the witnesses who lied in there with him.

  7. inyourmind says: Apr 20, 2017 12:10 PM

    play by rules,wasnt he suspended for a year

  8. granadafan says: Apr 20, 2017 12:52 PM

    More guns = more deaths, innocent or not.

  9. elitekane says: Apr 20, 2017 12:55 PM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    Apr 20, 2017 8:42 AM
    Payton actually plays by the rules unlike Bill Belicheat who claims to “misinterpret” the rules.

    ————————

    You have amnesia?

  10. kenmasters34 says: Apr 20, 2017 3:08 PM

    “superpatriotsfan says:

    Payton actually plays by the rules unlike Bill Belicheat who claims to “misinterpret” the rules.”

    Drew Brees demands an explanation!

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