Saturday, July 7, 2012

Ex-NFL star accused of serial torture-kidnap-murder

Former Oakland Raiders defensive end Anthony Wayne Smith, whose recent murder trial for a 2008 shooting death ended in a hung jury, was charged this week with three more Los Angeles County serial torture-kidnap-murders, according to Reuters.

Smith, a first-round 1990 draft pick of the Raiders, then based in Los Angeles, and an 11th pick overall for the National Football League that year, played all seven seasons of his NFL career for the Raiders, first in Los Angeles and then in Oakland.

A new criminal complaint charges Smith, 43, with a total of four counts of first-degree murder, incorporating the original case against him and the kidnap-killings of three other men--one in 1999 and two in 2001.

Special allegations listed in the complaint say the three earlier victims were tortured before being killed.

An arraignment has been set for July 17 on the new charges, and Smith remains held without bond, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, Sandi Gibbons, told Reuters.

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