Steroids dealer David Jacobs’ girlfriend’s fate tragically sealed

Amanda Jo Earhart-Savell stuck with convicted steroids trafficker David Jacobs when no one else would. It may have gotten her killed.

Police found the bodies of Ms. Earhart-Savell, 30, a professional fitness competitor, and Mr. Jacobs, 35, a former amateur bodybuilder, shot to death inside his home on Honey Creek Lane in Plano on Thursday morning.

Police received a missing-person call shortly after midnight Wednesday from Ms. Earhart-Savell’s family, said Plano police spokesman Rick McDonald. The family said that they had not heard from her and that she might be at Mr. Jacobs’ house.

Steroids dealer David Jacobs' girlfriend's fate tragically sealed

Autopsies by the Dallas County medical examiner’s office are pending.

Investigators would not say if it was a murder-suicide, but people who knew the pair say Mr. Jacobs was jealous and possessive of Ms. Earhart-Savell, a fitness magazine cover girl described by friends as bubbly, attractive and outgoing. Mr. Jacobs had previously told The Dallas Morning News that their almost yearlong relationship was marked by at least two breakups and reconciliations, centered on allegations of cheating on both sides.

“He was by all accounts a controlling person,” said John Romano, senior editor for Muscular Development magazine who knew Mr. Jacobs. “Close friends told her to stay away from him.”

When Mr. Jacobs’ role as ringleader of one of the largest steroids networks in the U.S. made headlines in November, she publicly stood by him. And paid a price, both said in blog entries.

In February, she was not invited to the Arnold Classic, one of the world’s most prestigious events of its kind. Bodybuilding enthusiasts decried the move online, saying it was because of her connection to Mr. Jacobs.

“She took second in the Arnold Classic last year and wasn’t invited back this year. That’s an incredible hypocrisy,” said Mr. Romano, who believes steroids use is rampant in the bodybuilding community. “The guy who does the steroids can compete, but the person who dates the steroids dealer can’t.”

Mr. Jacobs drew criticism among online bloggers for recently sitting down with NFL investigators and giving them names of players to whom he said he sold performance-enhancing drugs, including ex-Cowboys lineman Matt Lehr. Mr. Jacobs also supplied the league with canceled checks, e-mails, text messages and other evidence, saying he wanted to “clean up” the sport.

Mr. Lehr’s attorney has called Mr. Jacobs’ information unreliable and said his client would not be indicted. Federal investigators will only say that their investigation continues.

Mr. Jacobs also said he sold steroids and growth hormone to other NFL players, but never named them publicly.

On the Web site for his now-defunct nutrition store in Plano, Mr. Jacobs described himself as a trainer who “offers guidance to many top athletes across the United States,” including “Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons football players.”

After his arrest, Mr. Jacobs freely told investigators about his Chinese connections for raw steroid powder, which he imported and used to cook steroids. One of his top middlemen sold about $30,000 a month of the drugs.

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