State police decline to investigate Will Smith shooting

AP

The lawyer representing the man who shot and killed former Saints defensive end Will Smith asked the Louisiana State Police to get involved in the investigation. The Louisiana State Police has declined.

Via Wilborn P. Nobles III of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Louisiana State Police issued a statement on Saturday setting forth the agency’s position.

“There is no legal basis for our agency to expropriate the authority of the NOPD in this or any other criminal investigation within the city,” State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson said.

Attorneys John Fuller and Jay Daniels, who represent Cardell Hayes, have criticized the NOPD for its handling of the case. They are attempting to craft a defense that the shooting amounted to a justifiable homicide under the Louisiana “stand your ground” law.

28 responses to “State police decline to investigate Will Smith shooting

  1. So Fuller and Daniels couldn’t enlist the LASP to help them muddy the waters? I’m shocked. Like there was any chance that would happen. They keep going more Johnnie Cochrane at every turn

  2. If Smith was going for the gun in the glove compartment, wouldn’t he be sprawled across the front seat, not slumped forward over the steering wheel as initially reported?

  3. And also, he was shot once in the side of the chest, not the front of the chest. It’s like he was sitting in the drivers seat, then got shot, slumped over, and was shot seven more times in the back.

  4. Talk about an insincere request. Fuller asks for it, but the last thing he wants is for another police dept. to take over.

    If they have your murderous client dead to rights, go after the police. It’s Johnny Cochran 101.

    Next step, claim you can’t get a fair trial in N.O, and hope the D.A. selects a jury from the housing projects.

  5. Ah yes, the old run ’em off the road then shoot his wife while standing your ground defense.

  6. The scumbag shooter should have thought about going to prison before he shot Smith. If he had put as much thought into his actions beforehand his lawyer wouldn’t have to lie so much to keep that coward out of prison.

  7. noneckinc says:
    Apr 17, 2016 5:15 PM
    Smith is more guilty of something than the public knows.

    6 14
    Report comment

    —————-

    To me, something just isn’t adding up right with this case. I think that Smith probably was more culpable in his own death than we know right now. Sad all the way around. But hardly anything new from NOLA.

  8. And mr Fuller and mr Daniels I critize you also for your handling of this case.you failed to mention that smiths wife was shot first and smith shot multiple times in the back.also you making mention of Pierre Thomas and the nopd officer being at your clients hearing citing pertinent information .there is no one with more pertinent information than smiths wife.why leave her out?she will be the one who will put your client behind bars for the rest of his pathetic life.state police would have came to the same conclusion as the nopd, that your client should have taken down the license plate number and turned it in instead of ramming the rear of the smith vehicle hard enough to shatter the rear window,and I can just about promise you he didn’t get out to invite smith to Sunday dinner.bad intentions all along.try your case in the courts instead of trying to make your client a saint.

  9. foodiefoodnerd says:

    If Smith was going for the gun in the glove compartment, wouldn’t he be sprawled across the front seat, not slumped forward over the steering wheel as initially reported?

    —————————————————————–

    Smith was found with his feet on the ground outside the drivers door and him slumped over the steering wheel from the side

    it won’t matter who shot first or if Smith was shot in the back, it will be about did Hayes feel Smith was going for a gun

    the only witness report I’ve seen that is trouble for Hayes is the report that Smith’s wife was shot first, and there is another report that she was shot in the legs while she was seated in the passenger seat… if she was seated in the passenger seat and got hit incidentally when Hayes was shooting Smith as Smith was leaning into the car for a gun will be the key question in the case

  10. There was no gun on Smith’s body. Honestly, pay attention.

    The police obtained a search warrant and found a fully loaded, un-fired gun in the middle console of Smith’s vehicle.

  11. Just a (nother) correction note to erroneous comments:

    Smith’s lawyer, Thompson, reports that Raquel was standing with Smith outside the driver side when she was shot.

    Hayes shot her once in each leg (shattering her femur) before turning the gun on Smith and firing 7 times into his back.

  12. keylimelight says:
    Apr 17, 2016 7:49 PM
    There was no gun on Smith’s body. Honestly, pay attention.

    The police obtained a search warrant and found a fully loaded, un-fired gun in the middle console of Smith’s vehicle.

    —————————————————————

    Same difference. Look at the stuff people have gotten away with using a Stand Your Ground defense.

    I’d be shocked if the DA even tried to take this to court.

  13. I wish we could hear what Mrs. Smith has to say about what happened or what she remembers happening.

    It’s been over a week and I am extremely anxious to know what she is saying.

  14. I stand by it.

    As soon as they found a gun, the stand your ground defense wrote itself.

    Public pressure because of his celebrity status is the main reason this will get farther than most SYG shootings, but after a certain point you’re just wasting taxpayer money on something that can’t get a conviction. If this goes to a courtroom, it’s only because the defense is so certain they won’t even bother with a plea.

  15. How does the shooter have a stand your ground case, when Smith left the scene after a fender bender. The shooter was no longer in fear of his life because he could have just left or got close enough to get a plate number. He didn’t do that, he rammed Smiths car, then got out with a gun, so he re-initiated the confrontation, I never heard of anyone being in fear of their life and then chase the person down and kill him, that makes no sense.

  16. anyone who thinks the ‘stand your ground’ law gives you carte blanche to EMPTY A CLIP to defend yourself is not really knowledgeable.you can use force that is necessary.
    you really want to argue that 7 gun shots was necessary?
    when they show the pictures to that jury and your only defense is that and he is full of bullet holes for all to see it will take them about long enough to order lunch to convict this guy.
    7 in the back is not a reasonable response with force.
    plus 1 more for good measure.
    your argument is baseless sir, you know who you are

  17. There is no stand your ground here,after getting rammed by the hummer,there was a confrontation,both drivers get out and have words. Raquel Smith and another female passenger got out to diffuse the situation.after heading back to their vehicle Raquel Smith told the shooter to just leave them alone as they were walking back to their vehicle.shooter follows them and shoots Mrs Smith in both legs then shoots Smith eight times.this goes to show that Hayes already had a weapon on him while he was out of his vehicle.If anybody would have had a stand your ground case it would have been Smith,a man with a permit to carry a weapon but did not have it on him as it was in a console having been fully loaded and never fired.Also there will be no plea in this case as the DA has a strong case of murder in the second degree.this will go to a jury and they will be deliberating about fifteen minutes before coming back with a guilty verdict.

  18. This guy just stood in the back of Smith’s SUV after getting apprehended by the police like nothing happened. He was so calm and nonchalant about just killing a man and shooting a woman.

    Meanwhile the wife is laying on the ground in agony and Will is shot to death arm draping over the staring wheel with 8 holes in him.

    I can’t even believe they are even showing that.

  19. 7 times in the back is more like taking your ground.
    Also, what happened to the story where Smith had dinner with the guy who shot the shooter’s father?
    That’s a strange twist, there is more to this, seems like premeditated revenge.

  20. njsteeler says:
    Apr 17, 2016 5:24 PM
    Lol, damn Johnnie still has y’all upset!

    Hey you know Johnnie was born here in Shreveport so they probably thought they could pull one of his stunts here lol

  21. theneedforspeeed says:
    Apr 17, 2016 4:05 PM

    And also, he was shot once in the side of the chest, not the front of the chest. It’s like he was sitting in the drivers seat, then got shot, slumped over, and was shot seven more times in the back.
    ===================

    There is no question about the fact that Smith was out of his vehicle. He was not sitting in the drivers seat when he was shot. It has been confirmed that he was outside the vehicle, his wife was outside the vehicle, and Hayes was outside the vehicle. So no, its not as if he was sitting in the drivers seat, because he wasn’t. More like, he was turning his back to Hayes and heading back to his vehicle, and as he was turning he got shot, fell into the drivers seat and got shot 7 more times. No wonder this country finds a way to get everything wrong, even indisputable facts are still in dispute. Pretty much sums up how our elected officials get elected…

  22. Although a sad situation, I find reading all these sherlock posts funny. “He then did this and that” and blah blah.

    a. None of us were there.
    b. we have know idea what the facts are, because we are not involved.
    c. Many tend to believe what the hear and read
    d. I dont think one post here is from a criminal attorney from New Orleans
    e. No one here is a detective

    And it blows my Seahawks brought back Browner. That is a fact.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.