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Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys and the Raiders

Posted on: March 7, 2011 at 8:54 p.m.

In this city, Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys regularly defend celebrities, politicians and athletes for minor crimes, misdemeanors and even low level felonies. However, a former member of the Los Angeles and Oakland Raiders is facing serious jail time after being accused of murder. This type of violent crime could change this man's life forever, and send him from a life of relative celebrity to wasting away in a prison cell for many years. Hopefully, he will be wise enough to hire a skilled lawyer to defend his case.

Anthony Smith, a member of the Raiders from 1990 until 1997, is among three men charged in the death of a 31 year old man named Maurilio Ponce according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Ponce was apparently beaten and shot several times before his body was dumped near the Antelope Valley poppy fields just 11 miles west of Lancaster in 2008. Smith, now 43, was charged with murder on February 16 and the men will be arraigned in March 17. Three other men were accused along with Smith, one of whom had a prior voluntary manslaughter conviction in 1996. Smith is being held on $1 million bail according to records, others were held at a lower amount.

A first round pick fo the Los Angeles Raiders in 1990, Smith went to college at the University of Arizona (he also played t the University of Alabama). He had 57.5 sacks in his career. He was previously married to former Playboy Playmate and current evangelist Vanity. He was in the top ten in sacks in the NFL once, went to the playoffs twice and made millions while in the NFL. Now, after a long football career, Smith is in dire need of a skilled Attorney who can help him avoid a felony conviction, decades in prison and potentially the death penalty. Smith was involved in a 2003 firebombing of a furniture store in Santa Monica over a dispute of a few hundred dollars. The store was left in ashes, but the case was dismissed by a judge.

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