Monday, July 9, 2012

Anthony Wayne Smith charged with four murders

Anthony Wayne Smith, Ex-NFL player charged with four murders, a former defensive end for the Oakland Raiders and a first-round NFL-Draft pick, is facing four counts of murder, only two months after his trial for a single murder wrapped up. According to prosecutors Smith participated in kidnapping, and in some cases, torturing, four men before killing them.

Anthony Wayne Smith Charged In 2008 Killing, Authorities say former Oakland Raiders defensive end Anthony Wayne Smith and two others have been charged with murder in the 2008 beating and shooting death of a 31-year-old man in northern Los Angeles County.

District attorney's spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons says a judge Friday postponed arraignment for the 43-year-old Smith and two other suspects until March 17.

Smith, 41-year-old Charles Eric Honest and 32-year-old Dewann Wesley White were charged last month with one count of murder in the killing of Maurilio Ponce in Lancaster. They were arrested this week and are being held on $1 million bail.

All three men are expected to have court-appointed attorneys. A message left with the public defender's office was not immediately returned.

Smith played for the Los Angeles and Oakland Raiders from 1991 to 1998.
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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story briefly contained the term "convicted." The men involved are only charged at this time.

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