Cardell Hayes, 29, was found guilty in December of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter charges in the shooting death of former NFL star Will Smith is now suing Smith’s widow claiming that she and her husband are responsible for him being in prison. That’s a unique theory. The man you killed and his wife you wounded are responsible and not the man who pulled the trigger. His lawyer should be shot at sunrise in my opinion. This is not a threat, just an opinion.
On Monday, Hayes’ attorney, John Fuller, filed a civil lawsuit on his behalf seeking unspecified damages for damaged property, medical expenses, lost wages, mental anguish, severe emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life.
Hayes’ complaint, which names Racquel Smith, passenger Richard Hernandez, and their respective insurance companies as defendants, alleges that Smith’s alcohol-fueled antics on the night of the incident had led to the deadly violence that cost the football player his life.
According to the lawsuit, Smith was drunk when he began provoking Hayes on a busy road until the 29-year-old rear-ended the football player’s Mercedes SUV with his Hummer.
Both men then got out and exchanged angry words. Hayes’ complaint alleges that during the verbal spat, Smith threw a drink at him, punched him in the face, then grabbed a gun from his wrecked vehicle and fired several rounds at him, prompting Hayes to return fire in self-defense.
During Hayes’ trial last year, the prosecution said evidence showed that even though a loaded gun was found in Smith’s SUV, the retired player never armed himself and Hayes was not justified in shooting him.