Ex-Florida DB Tony Joiner arrested for allegedly murdering his wife


A former Florida Gators player was arrested in Polk County on Saturday in relation to the 2016 murder of a Fort Myers woman, according to police.

A warrant was issued for his arrest on Friday and Joiner, 33, was subsequently taken into custody on Saturday in Lake Wales, Florida, according to the Fort Myers News-Press.

More than three years following the suspicious death of Heyzel Obando in Fort Myers, a former Haines City and University of Florida football star has been arrested for his wife's murder. He is charged with second-degree murder.

Tony Joiner was a captain for the Florida Gators in 2007. A month after Obando's death, he also was held at the Lee County Jail for violating a probation charge.

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Heyzel Obando's body was discovered in her apartment on February 14 three years ago. Joiner, who has two children with Obando, was released on May 8, 2016.

Joiner was a standout safety for the Gators from 2004-07 under former head coach Urban Meyer.

"As a mother, I understand the pain his mother is going through", Isabel Martinez, Obando's mother told the paper.

Hernandez, who played for the Gators from 2007 to 2009 and went on to star for the NFL's New England Patriots, was convicted of the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2015. He was arrested during his final year at UF for breaking into an impound lot by pushing open a gate, though it was later deemed a misunderstanding by the owner of the impound as Joiner had made plans to pay for the vehicle to be removed only for no one to be there when he arrived. He hanged himself in prison in 2017 just days after he was found not guilty of double murder in a separate case.