Drug Dealers Murdered Ex-NFL Player in Detroit, Feds Charge

Robert Eddins as an Indiana college player.
(Ball State University photo)


Three suspected drug dealers are accused of executing former NFL player Robert Eddins, a 28-year-old native Detroiter, and a 32-year-old man just over a year ago, The Detroit News reports. The bodies were found in the basement of a home in the 7900 block of Pierson on Detroit’s west side on Dec. 20, 2016.

The three men indicted in U.S. District Court are in custody and will be brought to Detroit: 

  • Michael DeAngelo Griffin, 34, of Birmingham, Ala
  • Clifton Dennis Epps, 30, of Amory, Miss.
  • Mariano Lozoya Garcia, 47, of Brownsville, Texas

"We hope to bring justice for the families of the deceased men and dismantle all organizations that spread these deadly poisons in our neighborhoods," U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider says in a statement.

Eddins, a Detroit Crockett High School graduate, played football at Ball State University before one game as a Buffalo Bills defensive end in 2011.

Read more:  The Detroit News

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