In 1990, Anthony Smith was drafted from the University of Arizona Wildcats to the Los Angeles Raiders. He played with the team (up through the move to Oakland) for his entire NFL career until 1997. In 98 games played at the defensive end position, Smith accumulated 57.5 sacks. However, after he was done playing, instead of terrorizing quarterback, he turned his ire against men in the streets. On Thursday, Smith was convicted for murdering three men in Southern California.
Smith was actually charged with four murders between 1999 and 2008. The jury had reached its decision last Friday, but the decision remained sealed until yesterday, due to scheduling conflicts. Jurors decided to convict Smith on three counts of murder. The fourth was thrown out after a mistrial was declared.
The Bleacher Report gives the grisly details of the killings that took Smith down:
The former defensive end was initially arrested in 2011 and eventually charged in the deaths of Kevin Nettles, Ricky Nettles, Dennis Henderson and Maurilio Ponce. Kevin Nettles, Ricky Nettles and Henderson were all tortured before they were killed.
City News Service (via the Los Angeles Daily News) provided details from the case: “The Nettles brothers were found with their heads wrapped in duct tape and Ricky Nettles’ stomach had been branded with a burn in the shape of a clothing iron, according to testimony during Smith’s preliminary hearing.”
Smith will likely be slapped with a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the murders. In November 2014, prosecutors determined that he would not receive the death penalty.