Florida Gators redshirt freshman defensive back Deiondre Porter has been suspended indefinitely from the program while facing five serious criminal charges.
Porter has been charged with four felony counts and a misdemanor for allegedly pointing a gun at his pregnant girlfriend’s head and – one day later – firing a bullet near her into a wall.
Porter allegedly put a handgun to the head of his pregnant girlfriend at 2:15 a.m. on Sept. 29 during an argument that began when he confronted her about “being involved with one of his teammates.” According to the police report, Porter “began yelling at the victim in her apartment demanding that she tell him the truth about being with his teammate.” She then “retreated to her bedroom to avoid the confrontation,” which led to Porter allegedly putting the gun to her head and continuing to “demand that the victim tell him the truth.”
After attempting to get in touch with the teammate via phone call and text message, the girlfriend, who had been dating Porter since 2013 was 10 weeks pregnant at the time, convinced Porter to go to sleep and try again in the morning; she slept in the living room. Five hours later, the argument continued and Porter allegedly fired a handgun near her into the wall.
Gainesville Police recovered a .45 caliber shell casing and found a bullet hole in the victim’s apartment. The following day, on Sept. 30, Porter was contacted while a passenger in a vehicle. A .45 caliber handgun was found in possession of the driver, Porter’s friend. it is not known whether the handgun is the same one used in the alleged shooting. Additionally, 30 grams of marijuana were found in the vehicle’s glove compartment; the driver claimed the cannabis was his.
Porter is charged with aggravated battery (second degree felony), two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent (third degree felony), firing a weapon into a dwelling (second degree felony) and property damage (second degree misdemeanor), according to Alachua County Court records.
While the incident allegedly occurred Sept. 29, Porter’s girlfriend did not report it until Monday, leading the player to be arrested on these charges Tuesday with bond set at $160,000.
Head coach Jim McElwain confirmed Porter’s suspension during the weekly SEC teleconference on Wednesday.
Porter has played in four games with the Gators as a reserve defensive back, registering two tackles. He did not play in the team’s last two contests while the police investigation was underway.