Jurors shown bat, broken glass from alleged road rage shooting death

Jurors shown bat, broken glass from alleged road rage shooting death
Donald Hayes (Source: LMDC)
Donald Hayes (Source: LMDC)
Danny Wilson (Source: Family photo)
Danny Wilson (Source: Family photo)
The shooting happened on this bank parking lot in June 2014. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The shooting happened on this bank parking lot in June 2014. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A jury heard the police interview of a well-known hot dog vendor charged with murder in a road-rage incident Friday.

Donald Hayes' interview with a Louisville Metro Police Department detective is several hours long, but jury members only heard a few minutes of it before they were sent home.

The trial will continue Monday.

Hayes is accused of shooting and killing Danny Wilson in a road rage incident in June 2014. Prosecutors say the incident started on the Watterson Expressway and ended in a bank parking lot on Poplar Level Road.

The defense claims Wilson was the instigator and used the bat to smash Hayes' driver's side window. Hayes said he fired his gun in self-defense.

The prosecution says Wilson was on his way to visit his mother and Hayes followed him.

In the interview, Hayes said it started when Wilson pulled up in front of him and slammed on his brakes. Hayes admitted to the detective that he probably shouldn't have followed Wilson to the bank parking lot. Hayes said he saw Wilson's bat, the broken glass and fired his gun because he felt like he had to defend himself. Hayes said he was not sure if the bullet had hit Wilson and that he wasn't shooting to kill him.

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Hayes went home and called 911 to report that he had fired his weapon.

On Friday morning, jurors heard testimony from a LMPD crime scene technician who responded to the shooting. Wendy Jones showed the jury Wilson's baseball bat and glass fragments from the scene as well as pictures and video from the scene. On Thursday, the defense said there was marijuana in Wilson's car.

Hayes has been out on bond. He's known to many in the downtown area for selling hot dogs for decades at 6th and Liberty Streets near the Hall of Justice.

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