- Former New Orleans Saints football player Will Smith was killed on April 9
- Joey Jackson: Best option for the defense is to assert the shooting was justified
Joey Jackson is a criminal defense attorney and a legal analyst for CNN and HLN. The views expressed are his own.
(CNN)The tragic shooting death of former New Orleans Saints football player Will Smith on Saturday night is being thoroughly investigated by law enforcement. We don't yet know all of the relevant facts. What we do know is that before the shooting, there was a traffic incident involving Smith and Cardell Hayes, which apparently turned contentious and allegedly resulted in Hayes discharging multiple rounds of gunfire into Smith's body, killing him. Smith's wife, Racquel, was also shot, but her injuries were not life-threatening.