Earl Antonio Wiki – Earl Antonio Biography

A former Florida college football player has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for shooting his girlfriend to death. The probable cause affidavit previously indicated that the defendant, Earl Antonio Joiner, 37, may have killed Heyzel Obando, 26, in front of one of her young daughters.

An expert who interviewed the girls after his mother’s death reported that his “impression was that [redacted] may have witnessed the murder of his mother.” “Poppy shot mommy,” one of the girls told the pediatric nurse who examined her. “Mama’s blood.” “She was asked if her mother spoke or said any words after that,” the affidavit reads. “She said she didn’t.'”

Joiner was convicted Monday of one count of second-degree murder, Samantha Syoen, Director of Communications for the State’s Attorney’s Office for the 20th Judicial Circuit, told Law&Crime. Prosecutors confirmed last month that both sides reached a plea agreement.


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The age of Earl Antonio is 37 years.

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Earl Antonio accused of killing GF

Joiner was captain and safety of the University of Florida football team, the Florida Gators, from 2004 to 2007, he played under head coach Urban Meyer and served as team captain his senior year. As a senior, Joiner was a teammate of future Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was convicted of one murder and acquitted of another.

An investigation revealed that Joiner subjected Obando, his girlfriend and mother of his two daughters, to years of physical abuse, authorities said. Those who knew the couple told investigators that the two had a troubled relationship, marked by Joiner’s violent temper. “One day, I’m going to kill you,” he allegedly said on one occasion, according to the affidavit.


Another witness, a neighbor who knew both Obando and Joiner, said Obando once described an incident in which Joiner grabbed her by the neck and slammed her against a wall. “I told my mom that if anything ever happens to me, it will be him [Joiner],” the witness recalled Obando saying, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit shows two previous domestic violence cases against Joiner in 2013. In the first instance, he allegedly made Obando bleed in a mall during an argument about his ex-girlfriend calling him. Later that year, the day after Christmas, he allegedly waved a bat in front of her, hitting her on the forehead with it causing a large lump and swelling. That abuse tragically culminated in a deadly encounter in mid-February 2016.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Joiner called 911 on Valentine’s Day and claimed to have found Obando covered in blood. Police officers found Joiner apparently performing CPR on Obando, but said his efforts were “futile because [Obando] was obviously dead and had been dead for quite some time.”


An officer described Joiner’s behavior at the scene as “bizarre and not what he would have expected from a person who had just discovered a deceased loved one,” according to the affidavit. The officer also described Joiner as “cold and emotionless” and said he was “completely silent” as he sat in a police car for several hours while a crime scene was investigated. “Joiner was sitting on the sidewalk and he did not appear to be distraught or moved by [Obando’s] death, nor was he trying to comfort his children,” the affidavit reads.

He did not ask any questions about what happened to Obando, the affidavit says. A witness who spoke to investigators said Joiner stayed with him after Obando’s death, but “didn’t seem very upset” about it, nor did he attend his funeral. The affidavit then notes that Joiner said he did not go to the funeral because he was not told about it.

Another officer on the scene noted that Joiner had left his daughters, Obando’s daughters, in a car driving in a parking lot. According to the affidavit, Joiner had told officers that he left the girls in the car because he intended to enlist Obando’s help in getting them to the apartment, since the youngest was asleep.


The case went years without an arrest until 2019. “At the beginning of the case, there was not enough evidence to make an arrest,” Syoen said Monday. “A major source of evidence came from phone records recovered from the defendant’s cell phone. As more information about the crime was uncovered, a warrant for Joiner’s arrest was issued.”Read More…….

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