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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardell Hayes said he was crying when Racquel Smith testified the other day. "I didn't want to kill Will Smith. I didn't want to kill nobody. ... The way she was just saying I shot her and stood over her husband, like she did the other day, I was over there crying because I would never hurt her. She didn't do me anything." Hayes said Will Smith was the only person who made him feel like he was about to be killed or severely injured. "I knew I was gonna be shot. I probably would've died. I knew for a fact I was gonna get shot." Hayes began crying when talking about his son being without his father. Tears could be heard throughout the courtroom. The prosecution is now beginning its cross-examination.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs have promoted Donteea Dye from the practice squad to the active roster due to Adam Humphries being out with a concussion.

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

John Fuller /Smith's attorney "Who was the only person that night that made you fear for your life?" Hayes: Will Smith. Hayes says he wishes that night never happened. He says he wishes Racquel and her children could still have their father but "I knew I was gonna be shot. I'm not God. I knew for a fact i was Gina get shot." Hayes cried when asked about being separated from his young son CJ. Fuller is done with his questions and the State will now cross examine Hayes. Throughout the courtroom you can hear people crying and an alternate juror is also crying.

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

Hayes says he heard the pop of Smith's gun as he fired his. "I definitely didn't want to kill him. I don't want to kill anybody." Hayes says when he learned later it was Will Smith he shot he said "I cried like a baby. My life is over. I looked up to Will Smith." Hayes earlier said he admired Smith as a player and tried to incorporate what Smith did on the field into his game."

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

Hayes says Smith spun his wife off and reaches into his vehicle. "I see a black weapon in his hand and i fire my gun." He says he didn't intend to fire that many times but "the momentum of my gun kept it going pop pop pop pop! I didn't expect it to go off that many times." He says he then dropped his gun to his right side. During Hayes recount of the story Smith's wife Racquel is shaking her head in disgust about the nature of Hayes version of the events of April 9, 2016.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardell Hayes said after Will Smith reached into his vehicle, Smith spun his wife Racquel off of him and turned toward Hayes. Hayes said he saw a black weapon in Smith's hand, then fired. Then Hayes added, "Everything happened so fast, when I see him spin, I hear a pop. And when he fired, I fired my weapon." Hayes said his gun fired several times rapidly, and he didn't expect it to go off that many times and he tried to stop it from shooting that many times. Hayes said he dropped his weapon after that. Hayes said, "I definitely didn't want to kill him. ... I don't want to kill anybody."

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

Hayes says as he followed Smith to his car that the former Saint actually was in his vehicle trying to retrieve his gun while his wife Racquel tried to resist Smith's effort saying "no baby no." Hayes says at that point he thought "I'm about to get shot and killed."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardell Hayes said, "I think he's about to kill me" after Will Smith told him, "N-----, you got your gun, I got mine and I'll show you what to do with it." Hayes said, "What else could I think? I think he's gonna show me what to do with it. I think he's about to kill me." Hayes said Racquel was grabbing on to Smith at the time, saying, "No baby, no." Hayes said he also followed Smith and said, "No, don't do that." Even then Hayes testifies that he didn't point his gun at Smith or shoot him. When asked why he didn't turn and run, Hayes said he wasn't going to run and leave his friend behind, being attacked by others. And he said if he ran, he thought he would be shot and killed while running.

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

Hayes testimony "Smith says "N-word you got your gun well I'm gonna get mine and I'm gonna show you what to do with it." What were you thinking? Hayes: I'm thinking he's about to kill me" "If I turned and tried to run I'd get killed."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardell Hayes says he was rushed by a Spanish guy after getting out of his car following the accident with Will Smith's car. He said a Spanish guy took off his shirt, took a shiny object from his pocket and wrapped it up -- perhaps a knife. That's when Hayes said he retrieved his gun. Hayes said the Spanish guy swung at him before friend Kevin O'Neal stepped in between them. Hayes said he was then hit with a cup from the other side and hit by Will Smith. He said Racquel Smith tried to stop Will, but Will threw her to the ground. He said Will Smith hit him maybe three more times in the face, but Hayes never raised his gun, never wanting it to escalate. He said they did exchange expletives, accusing each other of hitting each other, but Hayes said it was an accident, he told them they seemed drunk and tried to calm the situation.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardell Hayes said he was not angry, enraged or upset after being bumped by Will Smith's vehicle from behind, then Smith drove off, causing Hayes to follow him at a normal speed to try and get license plates and call police. Hayes said he was looking down to unlock his phone when he accidentally ran into the back of Smith's vehicle. Said he pumped brakes as he realized impact was coming.

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

Hayes says he was looking down to unlock his iPhone when he accidentally ran into the back of the Mercedes truck driven by Will Smith who he says bumped his Hummer minutes before that. Hayes says he applied the brakes and wasn't trying to hit the Benz. He says he wasn't trying to smash his brakes but rather pump them to slow his vehicle.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

The Giants activated Shane Vereen. They released Adam Gettis. Vereen is a big addition to the offense.

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Giants officially activated RB Shane Vereen off injured reserve/designated for return. He will play Sunday night vs Dallas Cowboys.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardell Hayes asked if he was familiar with Will Smith: "Yes, I really was. Not personally, but I knew him as a good football player." Hayes was a defensive lineman on some minor professional football teams and said he tried to incorporate some of Smith's game into his own. Hayes was then getting a little choked up talking about his 6-year-old son, Cardell Jr.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Edmond Robinson and Marcus Sherels have been downgraded to out for the Vikings' game in Jacksonville on Sunday. With Sherels out, Adam Thielen could get another chance to return punts against the Jaguars and come back from his fumble against the Cowboys on Dec. 1.

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

Cardell Hayes sworn in to take the stand in Will Smith shooting death trial. Hayes claims he killed the Saints standout in self-defense

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardell Hayes is taking the stand now in his own defense. He is accused of murdering Will Smith in April, claiming self-defense.