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NEW ORLEANS -- Questions to potential jurors Monday in the Will Smith shooting death trial make clear that Louisianas stand your ground law will be at issue when testimony begins.Potential jurors in the trial of the man charged with second-degree murder in the death of the former New Orleans Saints star were asked about their attitudes on lethal self-defense. They also were asked whether they can put aside opinions formed amid intense media coverage of Smiths death and how Smiths popularity might affect a verdict.Smith was a star on the 2006 Saints team that helped lift the stricken citys spirits with a winning season after Hurricane Katrina. He played with the team when it won the franchises only Super Bowl three seasons later. He was shot to death April 9 during a confrontation following a vehicle crash.Charged in his death is a 29-year-old former semiprofessional football player named Cardell Hayes. The owner of a tow-truck company and the father of a 5-year-old son, Hayes is described by friends as soft-spoken and even-tempered -- hardly the type to erupt into a lethal road rage. His attorney has been laying the groundwork for a self-defense argument, saying Smith was the aggressor.Jury selection started with about 130 potential jury candidates filing into a New Orleans courtroom. By late Monday, Judge Camille Buras had presided over selection of a jury of 12, with four alternates. Opening arguments were set for Tuesday. Lawyers said the trial could last seven to 10 days.So many jury candidates were summoned that reporters and other members of the public, including some of Hayes family and friends, had to listen to an audio feed from a nearby courtroom.Prosecutor Jason Napoli asked jurors opinions on whether the presence of a gun might escalate or de-escalate tensions.Defense attorney John Fuller quoted from the states so-called stand your ground law, noting that it allows a person engaged in legal activity to meet force with force, rather than retreat. He emphasized a section of the law stating that jurors cannot consider the possibility of retreat as a factor in whether the person believed deadly force was necessary.Later, during an afternoon round of jury candidate questioning, prosecutor Laura Rodigue stressed the words legal activity. Prosecutors have maintained in pre-trial hearings that Hayes chose to ram into Smiths SUV after Hayes, earlier, had lightly hit the rear of Hayess vehicle.Outside, a handful of protesters brandished signs that read, Free Cardell Hayes. Hayes was wearing a dark suit Monday; he previously had appeared in court dressed in prison orange.Inside, Fuller asked potential jurors to consider how they would approach the case if all the actions were the same, but the parties were reversed.The trial began days after Joe McKnight, another former NFL player, was shot and killed just last Thursday in a New Orleans suburb after a road rage incident on a bridge spiraled out of control. The man authorities identified as the shooter in that case -- Ronald Gasser -- has been released from custody with no charges as the investigation continues.Hayes has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in Smiths death. Conviction carries a mandatory life sentence. 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You know, libero-sized now.Thats how much the game has changed: Kathryn Plummer is a foot taller and is a ball-control player, Dunning said of the National Freshman of the Year, who not only led Stanford in kills (18) Saturday, but as he said, is a tremendous passer.Plummer is one of four rookies who played huge roles in this championship, Stanfords seventh, which ties Penn State for the most in NCAA history. The Cardinal also had a freshman at setter in Jenna Gray, who seemed older than her years directing the team; at libero in Morgan Hentz (27 digs), who covered the floor like a tarp; and at middle blocker in Audriana Fitzmorris, who like Plummer is 6-6 and has a lot of power. She had 10 kills and contributed to the Cardinals 12 total blocks.If youre a championship team with that many freshmen playing key roles, you have to feel great about what the next few years could bring. Is Stanford going back to a dynasty mode, similar to 1992-2004, when the Cardinal won their first six titles?OK, that might be a little too much to say right now, considering how it has become harder than ever to win a championship in volleyball. Dunning chuckled, because in the immediate euphoria of Saturday, he had barely even thought about the next day, let alone next season.Its going to be a little easier than this year. Because when we started, we had zero players in the same position as last year, Dunning said of how the puzzle fit together in 2016. I dont know what next year will bring, but I guess everybody should look at us and [say] we have some good players returning.One that wont be back, though, is middle blocker Inky Ajanaku, who capped her career as the most outstanding player of the Final Four after scoring 20 points in the semifinal over Minnesota and 20.5 against Texas.Ajanaku came in with a much-heralded recruiting class in 2012, and that is the group she thought she might win a title with. But she suffered a knee injury in the summer of 2015 and had to redshirt last year. The Cardinal had a disappointing ending to that season, being upset in the NCAA second round by Loyola Marymount.Ajanaku came back to lead a very different team in 2016, with so many freshmen, sophomores and position changes. It wasnt easy. In fact, she acknowledges it was flat-out uncomfortable for a while, and that was part of why Stanford lost seven matches. Thats the second-most ever by a championship team; only 1981 winner Southern Cal lost more, with 10.But the talent, the size, the ambition -- all of those things were there when the Cardinal began the season. It just had to come together, and Ajanaku had to be a big factor in facilitating that. She credited hher family, teammates, team trainers and Dunning for helping her not lose confidence while she was coming back from her injury.ddddddddddddJohn is one of the people who will continue to look you in the eye and say, I will never give up on you, Ajanaku said. He will try any method of coaching to make sure youll succeed in the sport and as a person. He has an incredible volleyball mind.But it had been 12 years since Stanford had won a national championship, and for a school that collects those in abundance in many sports, thats a long drought. Dunning acknowledged as much, and his Texas counterpart, Jerritt Elliott, could empathize.I know what this means to him, said Elliott, who is now 1-3 in NCAA finals. Because as a coach, you start doubting yourself, start looking at all the different things you can do better. Hes such a great coach; I dream to get to five championships.Dunning won his first two titles at Pacific. Now he has three at Stanford, a program that has made the most NCAA finals (15) and the most final fours (20) in Division I womens volleyball. History lives with Stanford all the time; the Cardinal are surrounded by it.And its even in their blood, at least in one case: Senior Kelsey Humphreys mother, Wendy Rush Humphreys, was an All-American setter for the Cardinal from 1984 to 1987, when Stanford lost three times in the NCAA championship match.One of those, in fact, was to Dunnings Pacific team. Humphreys joked that her mom told her to bring one home for the family, and thats what she did.For the Stanford volleyball family, this is very meaningful. Since the Cardinals last title in 2004, they had lost some very difficult matches. In 2006, 07 and 08, they fell in the NCAA final. In 2010 and 13, they lost intense, high-caliber five-set matches in the elite eight. In 2014, Stanford lost in the national semifinal to Penn State.And on the personal side, the Cardinal dealt with a tragedy in 2012, when sophomore Samantha Wopat died. Her twin sister, Carly, continued as one of Stanfords top players, but it was a heartbreaking thing for Dunning and the program to get through.Yet Stanford persevered, and this year the Cardinal ended up with what turned out to be the perfect mix of youth and experience. Dunning said it wasnt necessarily his intention to have put together such a formidably tall team -- its hard to plan such things in recruiting -- but thats what he got.And although the Cardinal finished tied for second in the Pac-12 and then got the No. 6 seed, by NCAA tournament time their chemistry and confidence were both soaring. Even going down 0-2 in sets to Wisconsin on the Badgers home court in the regional final didnt stop the Cardinal. Ajanaku told them then it wasnt going to end that way and that they had to keep believing.The freshman class coming in, we had a lot of expectations for ourselves, Plummer said. I dont think there was any doubt in our mind that a national championship could be a possibility. And now its real, and its awesome. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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