Former Raiders DE Anthony Smith Guilty In Three Murders

By Staff  |  11/05/2015

Raiders DE Anthony Smith

Former Raiders defensive end Anthony Smith was convicted on three counts of murder on Thursday (Nov. 11), reports Yahoo Sports.

The 48-year-old was found guilty in the 1999 double murder of brothers Ricky and Kevin Nettles, as well as a 2001 murder of Dennis Henderson -- both taking place in Los Angeles. He's also facing a fourth murder charge for the 2008 killing of Maurilio Ponce, who was found on a California highway after being beaten and shot.

Smith's motive behind the killings are uncleared, but in each, the victims were kidnapped, beaten and killed.

The Nettles brothers were both kidnapped from a car wash and found fatally shot the next day. Henderson was also abducted, along with a man named Terry Ware, by several armed men. While Ware was released, Henderson's body was later found in the back of a rental car, beaten, stabbed and allegedly tortured ... and robbed.

All the murders remained unsolved, up until 2011, when Smith was arrested without bail.

Smith was the No. 11 overall pick of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Raiders. During his NFL career, he recorded 57.5 sacks and 190 tackles, before retiring in 1998.