A former star football player at the University of Florida who was teammates with Aaron Hernandez was arrested Saturday for the 2016 slaying of his wife.
Earl “Tony” Joiner is facing a second-degree murder charge in connection with the fatal shooting of Heyzel Obando in her Fort Myers apartment on Valentine’s Day three years ago.
“As a mother, I understand the pain his mother is going through,” Obando’s mother Isabel Martinez told the News-Press newspaper. “But as a mother, no one is going to take my pain away. Now that he is arrested, I hope he feels the weight of the law.”
Fort Myers cops had worked with the investigative reality TV series “Cold Justice” before the arrest. The Dick Wolf-produced show has helped law enforcement agencies solve cold cases since it first went on the air in 2013.
Joiner was arrested in the city of Lakes Wales and is being held in Polk County Jail, according to the News-Press.
The suspect had been busted twice for assaulting Obando, according to the newspaper. He was reportedly behind bars one month after the slaying for a probation violation.
Joiner was a defensive back for the Gators from 2004 to 2007, and helped Florida win the BCS national championship as a junior.
His teammate Hernandez, who starred for the Gators and for the NFL’s New England Patriots, was also accused of murder and was convicted in 2015. He took his own life in his prison cell two years later. Joiner, Hernandez and future New York Jets player Tim Tebow were all on the 2007 Florida roster.