Confession at Key in Sean Taylor Slaying Trial

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    Jackie Garcia, Sean Taylor's girlfriend, offered heart-wrenching testimony about the night the former Redskins star was killed. Jackie Bensen reports.

    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 jury of 12 plus four alternates was seated last week to hear evidence against 23-year-old Eric Rivera Jr. Investigators say Taylor was shot when he confronted a group of youths who had broken into his Miami-area home. Taylor was home nursing a knee injury instead of accompanying the Redskins at a game.

    A prosecutor told jurors in Monday's opening statements that they will see how Rivera described for detectives what happened in detail and how he shot Taylor during a botched burglary. Rivera's lawyer countered that the confession as 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.

    Opening Statements Begin in Sean Taylor Murder Trial

    [DC] Opening Statements Begin in Sean Taylor Murder Trial
    Opening statements have begun in the murder trial of Redskins star Sean Taylor. News4's Angie Goff reports.

    Taylor, 24 when he died, was a Pro Bowl safety who also starred at the University of Miami.

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