Pierre Thomas

Former Saints running back describes Smith shooting

Former New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas told a jury Wednesday that he thought a heated argument between retired Saints star Will Smith and an irate driver had cooled — but then he heard gunshots and turned to see his friend being gunned down.

"After the shooting stopped I stood there in shock. Telling myself that didn't happen," Thomas said, his voice shaking. "Telling myself he didn't just kill one of my friends, my former teammate."

Smith's killer was Cardell Hayes, 29, a former semi-pro football player and owner of a tow-truck business. At dispute in the second-degree murder trial is whether Hayes legitimately feared for his life...