Former NFL player Anthony Wayne Smith charged with serial kidnap-murders

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Anthony Wayne Smith, a former Oakland Raiders defensive end, was charged with four Los Angeles-area slayings Thursday, Reuters reports.

Smith was charged in 2011 with committing the 2008 murder of Maurilio Ponce, but the trial ended with a hung jury. In addition to re-filing that charge, prosecutors have added three other counts of first degree murder.

The three other murders occurred between 1999 and 2001. The Los Angeles district attorney’s office says two counts are for the murders of Kevin and Ricky Nettles, brothers who were kidnapped at a car wash and then shot to death by two men posing as police officers. The third charge is for the 2001 slaying of Dennis Henderson, who was kidnapped and found stabbed to death in the back of a rental car.

Smith was taken by the Raiders in the first round of the 1990 draft, when the team was still based in Los Angeles. Smith saw action in 98 games from 1991-1997, all with the Raiders. He ended his career with 57.5 sacks and one safety.