Anthony Wayne Smith could face death penalty in new murder cases

The murder cases continue to climb for the former Oakland Raiders defensive end. Last week, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office have added three additional murder complaints on Anthony Wayne Smith on top of the original murder charge involving the 2008 slaying of Maurilo Ponce.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Smith is now suspected in the killings of brothers Kevin and Ricky Nettles in 1999 and the murder of Dennis Henderson in 2001. Smith faces special circumstance allegations of torture and multiple murders, along with several counts of kidnapping and robbery.

According to the District Attorney, the Nettles brothers were kidnapped from a carwash in Los Angeles. The following day, the brothers were found dead, apparently tortured and shot with a 9-millimeter handgun.

In June 2001, Dennis Henderson was kidnapped in by several armed suspects.  The next day, authorities found Henderson’s body in the back of a rental car. He had been beaten, stabbed and allegedly tortured and robbed.

Smith is currently awaiting retrial for his role in the slaying of 31-year-old Ponce. He now may face the death penalty in the new murder cases.

Smith played college football at Arizona and Alabama. He was drafted by the Raiders 11th overall in the 1990 NFL Draft and played until 1997.

With the new charges from 1999 and 2001, I have to wonder if more cases will come to light during the 7 years until the 2008 Ponce killing.