Former NFL Player Charged In 2013 Slaying In Louisiana

Associated Press
December 12, 2019 - 10:20 am
TAMPA, FL - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Devin Holland of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Tampa, Florida

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A one-time NFL player was charged with murder in what authorities described as a drug-related killing in Louisiana in 2013.

Devin Holland, 31, was arrested Wednesday in the shooting death of Timothy Pena during an apparent drug deal six years ago, Baton Rogue police said.

The Advocate reported that Holland played football for McNeese State University and Tulane University before signing a contract with Tampa Bay, where he played in four games in 2011. He also signed with the Washington Redskins before being released in 2013.

Booking records showed DNA evidence linked Holland to a truck where Pena was found fatally wounded. Antoine Robinson, who was charged in the killing earlier this month, also was linked to the scene through DNA, records showed.

Pena had a cellphone that included text messages that described a meeting for a suspected narcotics deal, according to booking documents. He died at a hospital after being found with a gunshot wound in the back of the head on Dec. 17, 2013.

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