Former UF football star charged with killing wife

Former UF football star charged with killing wife

Fort Myers police say the arrest of Joiner was the culmination of a multi-agency effort.

Earl "Tony" Joiner, 33, has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Heyzel Obando.

Joiner is accused of killing Heyzel Obando, 26, on Valentines Day in 2016. He had one player convicted of murder and now he's got another former player who is facing a 2nd-degree murder charge.

Fort Myers Police worked closely on this case with the Oxygen Television series Cold Justice and the State Attorney's Office. Two months later, her death was ruled a homicide by local authorities, but no arrests had been made in the three-plus years since - until Saturday.

Joiner had been arrested twice for beating Obando during their relationship.

Obando's mother, Isabel Martinez, was granted full guardianship of her two granddaughters in 2017. His time at UF included two national championships but more than two dozen arrests and now a second former player charged with murder. But as a mother, no one is going to take my pain away, ' she added.

This is second player from Florida's 2007 team to be arrested for murder.

'I feel stuck, ' she said.

No other details about what led to Joiner's arrest were released.

Joiner was part of the team that defeated Ohio State for the BCS national championship in 2007, his junior year.

Joiner has not entered a plea to the charges against him and attorney information for him was not immediately available. He was arrested prior to the Gators' game against No. 1 LSU after allegedly breaking into an impound lot where his girlfriend's auto was being held. He hanged himself in prison in 2017 just days after he was found not guilty of double murder in a separate case.

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