Former NFL player Anthony Wayne Smith charged with murder
LANCASTER, Calif.—Former Raiders defensive end Anthony Wayne Smith and one of two other men charged in the October 2008 slaying of a man in Lancaster made initial court appearances this afternoon on a murder charge.
Arraignment was rescheduled to March 17 for Smith, 43, of Fontana, who is accused in the Oct. 7, 2008, slaying of Maurillio Ponce.
The 31-year-old victim was beaten and shot several times before his body was dumped near the Antelope Valley poppy fields, about 11 miles west of Lancaster, according to Deputy District Attorney Michael Blake.
Also charged in Ponce's slaying are Charles Eric Honest, 41, of Los Angeles, and Dewann Wesley White, 32, of Bloomington, who are also set to be arraigned March 17.
Smith was the top pick of the Raiders in 1990 out of the University of Arizona, and played professional football with the Los Angeles and Oakland Raiders between 1991 and 1997.
He was living in Marina del Rey when Ponce was killed, according to the District Attorney's Office.
Smith had previously been charged with arson in the February 2003 firebombing of Simply Sofas in Santa Monica over an alleged dispute over a few hundred dollars and a statue left at the store on consignment. But a judge dismissed the case against him in December 2004 after two juries deadlocked—the second 11-1 in favor of acquittal.
Smith subsequently sued a Santa Monica police sergeant, contending that he was falsely arrested and maliciously prosecuted. A panel from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Smith's claim in a 2-1 ruling last October.
LANCASTER, Calif.—Former Raiders defensive end Anthony Wayne Smith and two other men were ordered today to stand trial for the October 2008 slaying of a man in Lancaster.
Superior Court Judge Carol Koppel found sufficient evidence to require Smith, 43, of Fontana, Charles Eric Honest, 41, of Los Angeles, and Dewann Wesley White, 33, of Bloomington, to proceed to trial in the Oct. 7, 2008, killing of Maurilio Ponce.
Trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 28 for Anthony Wayne Smith, 44, a former Raiders defensive end, charged with the October 2008 murder of a man in Lancaster. Also charged are Charles Eric Honest, 42, and Dewann Wesley White, 34.
Authorities say 31-year-old Maurilio Ponce was beaten and shot several times and his body was dumped in a poppy field about 11 miles west of Lancaster.
The three men were charged with one count of murder each in the killing of Ponce.
LANCASTER, Calif.—A 34-year-old man—charged along with two other people, including former Raiders defensive end Anthony Wayne Smith, in an October 2008 killing—was convicted today of first-degree murder.
The Lancaster Superior Court jury deliberated about two days before returning its verdict against Dewann Wesley White, who is facing 25 years to life in state prison, according to Deputy District Attorney Taly Peretz.
A jury deadlocked in the murder trial of former Los Angeles Raiders defensive end Anthony Wayne Smith.
Anthony Wayne Smith, the former defensive end for the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders who was already awaiting retrial for the 2008 murder of Maurilio Ponce, is back in the spotlight after being charged with three additional murders. Wednesday he entered a plea of not guilty on all charges.