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Donald Hayes was back selling hot dogs at his stand at Sixth and Liberty on Friday. (Source: Cedra Mayfield/WAVE 3 News) Donald Hayes was back selling hot dogs at his stand at Sixth and Liberty on Friday. (Source: Cedra Mayfield/WAVE 3 News)
Hayes has sold hot dogs for years outside the Hall of Justice. (Source: Cedra Mayfield/WAVE 3 News) Hayes has sold hot dogs for years outside the Hall of Justice. (Source: Cedra Mayfield/WAVE 3 News)
Donald Hayes' mugshot (Source: LMDC) Donald Hayes' mugshot (Source: LMDC)
The shooting happened June 21 on a bank parking lot. (Source: WAVE 3 News) The shooting happened June 21 on a bank parking lot. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Police believe Hayes shot Wilson inside Wilson's vehicle. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Police believe Hayes shot Wilson inside Wilson's vehicle. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville hot dog vendor who is free on bond after being charged with murder in a suspected case of road rage was back selling hot dogs at his long-time perch in front of the Hall of Justice.

Friday morning, one month to the day after a judge raised Donald Hayes' bond from $10,000 to $50,000, city employees were spotted hugging the 67-year-old, welcoming him back to the corner of Sixth and Liberty Streets, where he sold hot dogs for years. Hayes did not wish to speak with WAVE 3 News on camera, saying only, "If you want something to eat, I'll serve you. That's it."

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Hayes' patrons, on the other hand, proved far more than willing to chat.

"He does have good hot dogs and he's well recommended," said patron Falon Clark.

"Good guy, right there," said patron Greg Peyton. "Best hot dogs in town. I know that."

"We're glad that he's back out here," said Clark.

Word of Hayes' return is not sitting well everyone.

"Right. Laughing, selling hot dogs like nothing has ever happened," said Christy Wilson. "My dad's life was taken away and I feel like his should be taken away in the penitentiary."

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Hayes is accused of shooting and killing Danny Wilson, 57, on June 21 on the parking lot of Chase Bank and C.T. Haircutters on Poplar Level Road. Police believe the men got into an altercation while driving separate vehicles and then pulled into the parking lot where Danny Wilson was gunned down by Hayes.

Christy Wilson said she would rather see the hot dog vendor lodged across the street at Louisville Metro Department of Corrections.

"We can't stop him from working," began Wilson. "He bonded out."

Hayes' attorney, Kevin Glogower agreed, and even stopped by the Hayes' hot dog stand Friday. While he did not patronize his client's stand, he supported Hayes' right to work.

"I mean, he's got a job he's doing," said Glogower. "He's working. Obviously people are already buying hotdog's."

"We're having to get special prosecutors and different things because of him working right there. For him to bond out and continue to work right there," began Wilson, "it's a slap in the face to my family."

While Wilson said it is a tough pill to swallow, she remained confident justice will be served.

Hayes' case is expected to go to the grand jury on August 12.

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