Loyola Law Alumni Take the Lead in the Cardell Hayes Trial

Loyola College of Law alumni represent all sides in the trial of Cardell Hayes, accused in the fatal shooting of former New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Will Smith.  Leading the prosecution is Loyola law alumna and state prosecutor Laura Rodrigue. Leading the defense for Cardell Hayes is Loyola law alumnus and criminal defense attorney John Fuller.  The presiding judge, Camille Buras, is also a Loyola Law graduate.  On April 9, 2016, Smith was involved in a vehicle collision in which a Hummer, driven by Hayes, rear-ended Smith's Mercedes SUV in an on-going confrontation that allegedly started with Smith's vehicle rear-ending the Hummer.  Following the second collision, Smith and Hayes exchanged words, then Hayes fired a handgun, killing Smith and injuring his wife. Hayes was arrested at the scene.  Hayes and a passenger in his vehicle claim self-defense.