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Sean Taylor Trial: Former Redskins safety's slaying suspect's Confession in question on the first day in court

12:40 PM, Oct 21, 2013   |    comments
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The late Sean Taylor (Getty Images)

MIAMI (AP) - The circumstances of a confession by the alleged shooter is at center stage as trial opened in the 2007 slaying of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor.

A prosecutor told jurors in Monday's opening statements that they will see how 23-year-old Eric Rivera Jr. described for detectives what happened in detail and how he shot Taylor during a botched burglary. Rivera's lawyer countered that the confession was forced and that her client didn't kill Taylor.

Rivera faces a life prison sentence if convicted. Four other people from the Fort Myers area were also charged, one of whom has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and burglary charges. The others face trial later.

Taylor - twenty-four when he died - was a Pro Bowl safety who also starred at the University of Miami.

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