Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter
The jury has been sent back to a local New Orleans hotel for the evening concluding the fifth and final day of testimony in the Will Smith shooting trial where admitted shooter Cardell Hayes testified Saturday for two hours.
Hayes says he shot Will Smith after following Smith to his Mercedes but only after he saw Smith retrieve a black gun from his car. Hayes says it was not until he heard a pop that he fired his .45 caliber pistol. Hayes also denied knowingly shooting Racquel Smith. And Hayes also denied ever standing over Will Smith's body and saying anything about "showing off for the white boy," as Racquel Smith testified.
Hayes says he was not proud about his actions and "wished that night had never happened." He also expressed sorrow that Will Smith, who he admired as a great player, could no longer be with his family, seeming to tear up as he looked at Racquel while he said it.
The jury returns for closing arguments Sunday morning. They will likely begin deliberations Sunday afternoon to decide the fate of Cardell Hayes.