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Joiner practiced; state attorney's office will investigate case

GAINESVILLE -- Embattled senior safety Tony Joiner practiced on Wednesday, one day after being arrested for allegedly attempting to commit burglary. Joiner was arrested on Tuesday morning after he entered a tow truck company's impound yard illegally and then drove his girlfriend's car off the lot.

Joiner was shielded from the media by assistant sports information director Zach Higbee after practice. The strong safety did not answer questions. Florida coach Urban Meyer said that Joiner was stripped of his title as co-captain. Meyer did not say whether or not Joiner will play against LSU on Saturday night.

Defensive tackle Javier Estopinan said that Joiner addressed the team before practice and apologized for causing a distraction.

A side note to this story: I spoke with the state attorney's office today and the chief investigator told me that an assigned prosecutor will indeed look into the second-degree felony charge for which Joiner stands accused.

The state attorney's office will receive the case by the end of the week or the beginning of next week and will then begin interviewing the witnesses and combing through the facts of the case. (Keep in mind, the infamous Stan Forron, leaseholder of the land where Watson's Towing and Recovery is located, is not a witness/victim in the case.) This could take up to 30 days, according to Spencer Mann, chief investigator of the state attorney's office, eighth judicial district.



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