LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) –– Former NFL player Anthony Wayne Smith has been ordered to stand trial for four murders.
After a four-day pretrial hearing, a Los Angeles County judge found Friday that there was sufficient evidence to try Smith, a defensive end for the Los Angeles and Oakland Raiders from 1991 to 1998.READ MORE: Kings Lose To Flames 3-2, Markstrom Makes 40 Saves
Smith has already been tried for one of the killings: the 2008 death of Maurilio Ponce, a mechanic found stomped and shot along a California desert highway.READ MORE: Statements From Los Angeles Community College District and California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office
A jury deadlocked in that case in April. While awaiting retrial Smith was charged with three more murders: The killing of two brothers in 1999, and another slaying in 2001. All four have been combined into one case.MORE NEWS: First Case Of Omicron Variant Detected In LA County
Defense attorney Daniel Evans says there’s no physical evidence tying Smith to any of the killings.