Miami-Dade County

Miami judge orders NFL player to testify in DUI trial of Raiders star Aldon Smith

Nick Moody
Nick Moody Associated Press

A Miami-Dade judge on Friday ordered a former Florida State linebacker to testify in the DUI hit-and-run trial of troubled Oakland Raiders pass rusher Aldon Smith.

Nick Moody, a free-agent linebacker who lives in Miami Beach, must report to California to testify in May, Circuit Judge Charles Johnson said court Friday.

“No coach is going to give you trouble,” Johnson told Moody. “This is a court order.”

Moody played alongside Smith in San Francisco. The two were together the day Smith was arrested in August for allegedy driving drunk and hitting several cars in Santa Clara, CA., according to court documents.

Smith’s trial starts on May 2 for DUI, hit-and-run and leaving the scene of an accident. Miami-Dade prosecutor Christine Zahralban, on behalf of counterparts in California, had asked the judge to order Moody to report to trial.

Smith, 26, was a key member of the feared defenses of the 49ers, but the team released him after his August arrest and years of off-the-field troubles. He signed with the Raiders, but cannot play again until November when he finishes a one-year league suspension. In 2012, Smith was arrested for DUI on Miami Beach, but accepted a plea deal to reduced charges.

Moody, 26, played at Florida State and was a reserve linebacker after being drafted by the 49ers in the sixth round in 2013. He was cut weeks after Smith’s arrest. His presence at the accident scene was never publicized.

He played briefly with the Seattle Seahawks in 2015 before tearing his ACL.