Anthony Wayne Smith, who played for the Oakland Raiders from 1990 to 1997, is facing four murder charges. He’s awaiting a retrial for the 2008 killing of Maurilio Ponce after the first ended in a hung jury. And more recently he was charged with three other murders: of Kevin and Ricky Nettles in 1999 and Dennis Henderson in 2001. He could face the death penalty if convicted.
But now, Yahoo Sports reports, Los Angeles police are seeking additional possible suspects in three slayings.
“We are still trying to identify other persons,” said Martin Mojarro, via The Los Angeles Times.
Smith had been awaiting retrial on a 2008 murder charge when he was charged last week with murder in the killings of brothers Kevin and Ricky Nettles in 1999 and Dennis Henderson in 2001.
The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office alleges that two people posing as police officers kidnapped the Nettles brothers from a carwash on or around Nov. 10, 1999. The Nettles brothers were found shot to death the next day with their hands tied and displaying signs of torture, authorities told The Times.
Henderson and Terry Ware were kidnapped somewhere in Los Angeles by several armed suspects on or around June 25, 2001. Ware was released, but the following day authorities found Henderson’s body in the back of a rental car. Henderson had been beaten, stabbed and allegedly tortured and robbed, authorities told The Times.
Smith spent seven seasons with the Raiders from 1991 to 1997. He was the Los Angeles Raiders’ first-round draft pick in 1990 and remained with the franchise when it moved to Oakland.
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