NFL's Ex-Raider Anthony Smith: from football field to criminal court for four different MURDERS
Anthony Wayne Smith excelled as a defensive end. He amassed cash, bought a home, found love. Months after his career ended, prosecutors allege, he killed two men — and two more in the years that followed.
PHOTO: Anthony Wayne Smith, a former Raiders defensive end charged with four murders, appears in a Lancaster court in July. He will be arraigned Wednesday.
Anthony Wayne Smith was a top draft pick of the Los Angeles Raiders in 1990, a barrel-chested rising star.
He excelled as a defensive end. He amassed cash and bought a plush Playa del Rey pad. He found love.
But only months after his football career ended, prosecutors allege, Smith killed two men — and two more in the years that followed. A jury deadlocked on one murder charge against the North Carolina native in April; charges against him in three other cold-case murders were filed as he awaited retrial. Prosecutors have yet to decide whether to seek the death penalty.
Smith's attorney denies that Smith was involved in any of the crimes.
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