This tragedy gets more tragic as more information about the incident comes out.
“Prior to the actions that lead to Mr. Smith’s death, my client was involved in a hit and run,” John Fuller said. “Someone hit him and failed to pull over. My client trailed behind this person in an effort to get their license plate number. My client also called 911.”
Fuller says Hayes is not guilty and that he “felt threatened.” He also claims the presence of a second gun will help exonerate his client.
After the driver of the Mercedes SUV appeared to tap the bumper of the Hummer, the driver of the Hummer attempted to pull over. The Mercedes then sped off and was pursued by the Hummer. Here is the surveillance footage:
The two vehicles were headed in the direction of where Smith was killed and his wife was shot in the leg. WVUE legal analyst Joe Raspanti said he does not believe what happened anything more than seconds before the shooting will be admissible evidence.
“What matters is those few seconds before the gunshots went off and a few other things, but what happened 20 minutes ago I don’t think is even admissible, and I don’t think it’s relevant,” Raspanti said.
Because of who Smith supposedly had dinner with the night he was killed, there has been some speculation that the murder was not random. There is clearly still a lot of evidence that investigators need to comb through.