LANCASTER (AP)  — Former Oakland Raider Anthony Wayne Smith has pleaded not guilty to murder in the 2008 beating and shooting death of a man in northern Los Angeles County.

The 43-year-old Smith, who played defensive end for the Raiders in Los Angeles and Oakland from 1991 to 1998, entered the plea Tuesday.

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He is one of three men charged in the killing of 31-year-old Maurilio Ponce, who was beaten and shot several times in Lancaster before his body was dumped near a poppy field.

Two defendants who are facing the same charge — 41-year-old Charles Eric Honest and 32-year-old Dewann Wesley White — also pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.

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All three are due to appear at a May 19 preliminary hearing.

Smith was ordered held on $1 million bail.

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