Witness: Will Smith was 'hostile, erratic, uncontrollable' during confrontation (1 Viewer)


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A friend of the man charged with the murder of former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith told Outside the Lines that the shooting of Smith was "justified" and that there was no negligence involved with Smith's death.

Kevin O'Neal, 30, was at the scene in New Orleans on the night Smith was shot by Cardell Hayes, 29, on April 9. In his first television interview, O'Neal told Outside the Lines' Jeremy Schaap that Smith was "hostile," "erratic" and "uncontrollable" during a confrontation after the Hummer H2 driven by Hayes rear-ended Smith's Mercedes G63 SUV.

The clash after the accident resulted in Smith, 34, being shot multiple times, and his wife, Racquel, 33, being shot in her legs. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene, while his wife was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Outside the Lines reached out to 15 people who were either involved in or witnessed April's incident. O'Neal, a passenger in the Hummer and a friend of Hayes since high school, agreed to be interviewed on-camera.

Full Story - ESPN.com

See Also: Jury selection begins in trial in former Saints player killing - WDSU.com

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