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Feds: Former NFL player Robert Eddins executed by drug dealers

February 23, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds: Former NFL player Robert Eddins executed by drug dealers

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On Thursday, an alleged Detroit-based drug dealer that was charged with murdered former NFL defensive Robert Eddins actually mourned the football player’s death on Facebook after he shot and killed him.

In December 2016, Michael DeAngelo Griffin posted a tribute to Robert Eddins on Facebook, the same day the former football player’s remains were discovered in a basement on the city’s west side.

“Man I can’t take this I love u lil Cuzz,” Griffin said in the post.

According to the Detroit News, the 34-year-old suspect, from Birmingham, Alabama, was charged along with two others with Eddins’ murder, along with dealing heroin and cocaine.

The indictment helped explain circumstances surrounding the mysterious killings of Eddins, 28, and Ricardo McFarlin, 32, over one year ago. The men were murdered and their bodies found in the basement of a home.

The men died from multiple gunshot wounds, the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office revealed.

The two other men indicted are Clifton Dennis Epps, 30, from Mississippi, and Mariano Lozoya Garcia, 47, of Texas.

The three men remain in custody and will be extradited to Detroit to face charges. They are facing up to life behind bars if found guilty of murder, drug and firearms charges identified in the six-count indictment.

Michael DeAngelo Griffin (right) posted a tribute to Eddins (left) on Facebook on Dec. 20, 2016, the same day the former football player’s body was found in a basement on Detroit’s west side.

“We hope to bring justice for the families of the men and dismantle organizations that spread these poisons in our neighborhoods,” U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said.

The three men went from Alabama to Detroit to murder Eddins and McFarlin during a time in which the three were selling cocaine and heroin.

“The murders are another example of how violence is intertwined with drug trafficking,” Timothy Plancon, special agent in charge of the Detroit office of the U.S. DEA, indicated in a statement.

Griffin and Epps were busted in Louisiana 15 days after Eddins slaying.

Griffin, Epps, and a third suspect were pulled over by a State Trooper in Louisiana while riding in a rented Dodge Charger about an hour outside of New Orleans in January 2017.

“The trooper noticed that the driver, front passenger, and (Griffin) were nervous and gave conflicting itineraries,” U.S. Probation Officer Barry Burton stated in a court filing.

Inside the vehicle, investigators discovered over one kilo of heroin concealed near the rear quarter panel of the car.

After the Dodge was returned to the rental company, an employee noticed a loaded pistol under the driver’s seat. It is not clear whether the firearm was tied to the murders in Detroit.

Eddins played football at Ball State University before completing a brief stint Buffalo Bills.

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