NEW ORLEANS -- (WGNO) -- The defense in the Will Smith murder case filed for a preliminary examination Tuesday. That hearing will be held on April 28 at 10 a.m. in front of Judge Harry Cantrell, the elected magistrate for Orleans Parish. Over the last 24 hours, we've seen a lot of events come out confirming Cardell Hayes' version of events, and it raises some questions. Here's everything you need to know at this stage of the game.
One of the quirks of Louisiana law is that although Cardell Hayes has been arrested, he has not actually been charged with a crime. In most states when you've been arrested the District Attorney files charges against you that day or next morning. In Louisiana, there's about a 60-day window for the DA to decide whether they want to file charges to investigate and determine what charges are appropriate for this case.