Coroner: Will Smith had 7 bullet wounds to back

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A coroner’s report shows slain football star Will Smith was shot eight times the night he died – seven times in the back and once in the left side of his chest.

New Orleans Coroner Jeffrey Rouse’s Wednesday statement came as a lawyer for Smith’s family said Smith never brandished a gun when he was shot Saturday night.

Police said Tuesday that Smith had a gun in the car the night he and another man confronted each other after a car crash. But the gun was never fired. Attorney Peter Thomson says Smith was not carrying it when he was shot.

Thomson says Smith was not inebriated the night of the crash. The coroner’s statement says toxicology results won’t be available for six to eight weeks, however.

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