NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Questioning of potential jurors is set to begin in the trial of a man charged with fatally shooting former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith earlier this year.

Twenty-nine-year-old Cardell Hayes has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in Smith's death, and attempted second-degree murder in the wounding of Smith's wife.

Monday's trial opens with jury selection in New Orleans.

Smith died after being shot eight times the night of April 9.

Smith's SUV had been rear-ended by a Hummer that was driven by Hayes. Jurors likely will be faced with conflicting testimony over which of the two drivers was the aggressor in the confrontation that followed.

[STORY BY: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]