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Amory Man Indicted in Connection With Ex-NFL Player’s Murder in Detroit

Staff reports

An Amory man was one of three people indicted in connection with the alleged murders of two Detroit, Mich. residents, one of whom was an ex-NFL player, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

The indictment unsealed Thursday charges Clifton Dennis Epps, 30, of Amory, and two others with numerous crimes, including firearm offenses related to the Dec. 20, 2016 murders of former NFL player Robert Eddins IV and Ricardo McFarlin, both of Detroit.

Indicted along with Epps were Michael DeAngelo Griffin, 34, of Birmingham, Alabama, and Mariano Lozoya Garcia, 47, of Brownsville, Texas.

The three are charged with interstate travel with intent to kill, injure or harass; interstate travel in aid of unlawful activity; heroin and cocaine distribution; and firearm offenses relating to the murders of Eddins and McFarlin.

“While aiding and abetting each other, it is alleged that defendants traveled from Birmingham to Detroit with the intent to harm Eddins, and in the course of carrying out that purpose, Eddins and McFarlin were killed with a firearm,” a DEA news release said.

DEA Special Agent Timothy Plancon said, “The murders of Eddins and McFarlin is just another example of how violence is intertwined with drug trafficking.”

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