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Former NFL Raider Anthony Smith Charged in 2008 Murder

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A former NFL player for the Raiders has been charged, along with two others, for the 2008 murder of a Lancaster man. Anthony Wayne Smith, 43, played as defensive end for the Raiders between 1991 and 1998. At the time of the crime, Smith lived in Marina del Rey.

Smith, along with Charles Eric Honest, 41, of Los Angeles, and Dewann Wesley White, 32, of Bloomington, were charged last month with murdering 31-year-old Maurilio Ponce on Oct. 7, 2008. The three men were arrested earlier this week, according to the LA County District Attorney's office.

The three defendants are charged with one count of murder. They are accused of beating and shooting Ponce, then dumping his body near the Antelope Valley poppy fields about 11 miles west of Lancaster.

Bail for Smith and Honest was recommended at $1 million each, while White’s was recommended at $1.05 million.