Homicide

Judge set to rule on prosecutors in Will Smith shooting

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2012, file photo, New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith appears before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. A judge in New Orleans postponed until Friday, July 22, 2016, a hearing on whether the New Orleans district attorney's office should be barred from prosecuting the man charged in the shooting death of Smith. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2012, file photo, New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith appears before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. A judge in New Orleans postponed until Friday, July 22, 2016, a hearing on whether the New Orleans district attorney's office should be barred from prosecuting the man charged in the shooting death of Smith. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)  (The Associated Press)

A ruling is expected soon from a state judge weighing whether the New Orleans district attorney should be barred from prosecuting the man charged in the shooting death of retired Saints defensive end Will Smith.

Cardell Hayes is charged with second-degree murder.

Defense attorney John Fuller says District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro has made baseless accusations against him and should be removed from the Hayes case.

Judge Camille Buras is expected to hear arguments and rule Friday.

Police have said Smith's death on April 9 followed a confrontation with Hayes after an automobile crash. The defense has said Hayes shot after Smith struck Hayes and went to retrieve a gun from his SUV.