Ex-New Orleans Saints Star Will Smith Was Shot Seven Times in the Back

Smith family attorney Peter Thompson said Wednesday the suspect “actually stood over Will Smith’s dead body"

Former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith was shot eight times, according to the Orleans Parish coroner, NBC News reported. 

Smith was shot seven times in the back and once in the lateral chest wall, according to the coroner. Toxicology results aren’t expected for six to eight weeks. 

Smith family attorney Peter Thompson said Wednesday the suspect, Cardell Hayes, “actually stood over Will Smith’s dead body.” The comments were refuted by Hayes’ lawyer, John Fuller, who refused to rule out that his client was the victim of a cover-up. 

Thompson's account of the shooting was the first from the family, after Fuller suggested Hayes may have been trying to protect himself during a hostile situation after an apparent hit-and-run with Smith. 

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