The murder of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith gets more complicated by the day.
There are now reports that the New Orleans Police Department is investigating claims that Smith was actually the first one to fire his gun before getting killed.
Cops are looking very seriously now into some witness reports and allegations that the former Saints player retrieved a gun from his car before he was shot and killed in a confrontation with another driver.
A source close to the investigation tells WWL First News that detectives are working to determine definitively if allegations are true that Smith not only got his gun out of his car, but fired at least one shot.
The defense attorney for Cardell Hayes has suggested that his client did not shoot Smith’s wife, Racquel. He indicated that ballistics testing would prove that the wounds to her legs were not from his client’s bullets.
The source tells WWL First News that detectives are investigating if it was actually Smith who accidentally shot his wife as she intervened to try and stop the confrontation.
Hayes admits, through his lawyer, that he shot Will Smith multiple times – killing him. Attorney John Fuller says it was self-defense.
Police say Smith was partially in his SUV when he was shot seven times in the back and once in the side.
One of the men Smith had been eating with just before his killing, Reserve Police Officer Billy Ceravolo, has now hired a lawyer.
That comes amid allegations he helped put Smith’s gun back in the car after the shooting. Investigators want to know if he helped cover up the truth. The retired NOPD captain has since been stripped of his reserve status with the department.
Federal investigators are reportedly also interested in the allegations of a cover up.
You can read more from the report via WWL. At this point, we don’t know what to believe. It’s just sad all around.