Former Florida safety Tony Joiner arrested for alleged 2016 murder of wife, faces second-degree charges
Former Florida safety Tony Joiner was arrested Saturday afternoon in Lake Wales, Florida on second-degree murder charges in connection to the 2016 death of his wife Heyzel Obando.
Obando was found dead in her apartment on Valentine’s Day 2016. The Fort Myers News-Press notes that police considered the death suspicious from the start and ruled it a homicide two months later. The warrant for Joiner’s arrest in the unsolved case was obtained Friday.
Joiner, 33, played for Florida from 2004-2007, making him a Ron Zook recruit who played most of his career for Urban Meyer, who coached at Florida from 2005-10. Joiner was made a team captain by Meyer in his senior season. During that 2007 season, Joiner was arrested for breaking into the towing lot where his girlfriend’s car was being held.
Joiner is the second member of the 2007 Florida team to face murder charges after leaving UF. Former Florida TE Aaron Hernandez faced multiple murder charges for two separate incidents. Hernandez took his own life in prison in 2017.