DA: 49ers Aldon Smith faces felony weapons charges

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The 49ers released the following statement regarding Aldon Smith's latest legal issues. “The 49ers organization is aware of the recent developments with Aldon arising from an incident at his home in 2012. We recognize the serious nature of this situation, as does Aldon, and will continue to monitor it closely. As this is an ongoing legal matter, we will have no further comment.”

Sources told the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit the Santa Clara County District Attorney has filed three felony charges of possession of assault weapons against 49ers All-Pro Linebacker Aldon Smith. The charges stem from a 2012 house party hosted by Smith where he was stabbed and two others were shot.

Smith is currently on “indefinite leave” from the 49ers after San Jose Police arrested him at 7 a.m. on Sept. 20 on suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. That arrest came about two weeks after the NBC Bay Investigative Unit first broke details of two civil lawsuits against Smith after two guests at his party were shot last June.

The lawsuit never claims Smith was the shooter but does want to hold him responsible because the injured guests were shot at his 8,000 square foot home in the foothills east of San Jose. Details of the civil suit accuse Smith of firing weapons and owning illegal firearms. The lawsuits said Smith’s party was advertised on the Internet and ended with guests running from his house after a series of shots were fired.