The case against former NFL player Anthony Wayne Smith is beginning to
come to a close, as he was convicted today of three counts of first degree
murder. This case has been ongoing for some time, but a mistrial occurred
in 2011 when the jury deadlocked. A mistrial was declared in this most
recent trial for a fourth count of first degree murder, but the conviction
for the other three charges will mean Smith will spend decades, if not
the rest of his life, behind bars.
A History of Violence
The murder charge which deadlocked the jury was actually the most recent
murder reported in which Smith may have been involved. An associate of
Smith’s, Maurilio Ponce, was shot dead and found on a roadside back
in 2008. Smith was seen driving the victim’s car after he was killed,
but at least three jurors felt there was insufficient evidence for a conviction.
A conviction was handed down for the 2001 beating and subsequent stabbing
of Dennis Henderson. According to prosecutors, Henderson and another man
were kidnapped by several armed individuals, and driven away separately.
The other man was released, but Henderson’s body was later found
in a rental car by police.
The remaining two murder convictions were related to the shooting deaths
of Ricky and Kevin Nettles, two brothers who were abducted outside of
their business in Los Angeles. A man (later identified as Smith) dressed
as a police detective told witnesses that they were taking the men in
for questioning. However, they were found dead and bound with duct tape
not long after.
More than First Degree Murder Charges
Due to the particularly heinous details of the crimes, Smith was also found
guilty of special allegations of kidnapping and torture in each of the
three killings. He has not yet been sentenced, but faces the possibility
of life in prison without the possibility for parole.
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