Ex-Florida player charged with murder in wife’s 2016 death

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a former University of Florida football player, Earl Antonio “Tony” Joiner, has been arrested and charged with killing his wife in a case dating to 2016.

Joiner was a former safety at Florida under then-Coach Urban Meyers and part of the team that beat Ohio State for the BCS national championship in 2007, his junior year.

Fort Myers police said in a statement that Joiner was arrested Saturday in Lake Wales on a second-degree murder charge in the death of 26-year-old Heyzel Obando. Her body was found in her apartment in February 2016.

Fort Myers Police say investigators had worked closely with the state’s attorney’s office in a multi-agency effort.

Media outlets report Joiner was being held Sunday without bond. It was unclear if he had an attorney.

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Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.), http://www.theledger.com

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