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Posted: Tuesday, 14 March 2017 6:25AM

Will Smith case returns to court for hearing





Lawyers for Cardell Hayes are set for a hearing today in the latest in the Will Smith manslaughter case. Hayes faces up to 60 years after convictions for killing the former defensive star for the Saints and wounding Smith's wife. 

It's Smith's widow who's at the center of today's hearing. Hayes' lawyers apparently have questions for the doctor and other medical personnel who treated Raquel Smith.
     
"Apparently, he's filed these motions and he's trying to present evidence," said legal analyst Tim Meche. "It should have been brought up during trial, and it may be that the judge rules rules that it's irrelevant."

But Meche says lawyers have to do anything they can to reduce a convicted clients sentence, or even get a new trial.

"Newly discovered evidence is a ground for a new trial," explained Meche. "It's not clear whether or not this is newly discovered, or whether or not this is being presented for purposes of mitigating the sentence."

It's not clear what the evidence or testimony may show or exactly what the defense intends to present.

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