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.