Ex-Oakland and L.A. Raider now faces three more murder charges
Anthony Wayne Smith, a former Oakland Raiders defensive end who was awaiting a retrial in connection with the 2008 murder of a Lancaster man, has been charged in three additional murders, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
A criminal complaint filed Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court accuses Smith of the killings of brothers Kevin and Ricky Nettles on or around Nov. 10. 1999; and the murder of Dennis Henderson on or around June 25 2001. Smith also faces special circumstance allegations of torture and multiple murders, along with several counts of kidnapping and robbery, according to the court document filed Monday.
Smith, 45, is awaiting retrial in the slaying of 31-year-old Maurilio Ponce, whose body was found on Oct. 7, 2008 with six gunshot wounds, including two to the head.
Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the D.A.'s office, said she did not know the motive for the three additional killings.
Smith’s original trial for Ponce’s murder ended in a hung jury in April when the panel at the Antelope Valley Courthouse failed to reach agreement on a verdict, splitting 8 to 4 for a guilty judgment.
Also charged in connection with Ponce’s death and awaiting trial is 33-year-old Dewann Wesley White of Bloomington. A third defendant, Eric Honest, 42, of Los Angeles, was found guilty in April of second-degree murder. He is awaiting sentencing, defense attorneys said.
Michael S. Evans, who was representing Smith in his first trial, could not be reached Wednesday for comment on the new murder charges against this client.
The murders of Henderson and the Nettles brothers were investigated by LAPD homicide detectives and filed as a capital case, Gibbons said. She said the D.A.’s office would not make a decision on whether to seek the death penalty until "closer to the trial" and after the defendant's preliminary hearing.
Smith, who played professional football with the Los Angeles and Oakland Raiders in the 1990s, is being held without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on July 17.
— Ann M. Simmons
Photo: Anthony Wayne Smith during a Raiders game in 1994. Credit: Al Bello / ALLSPORT