Confession at Key in Sean Taylor Slaying Trial

Monday, Oct 21, 2013  |  Updated 7:32 PM EDT
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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.

Jackie Bensen

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

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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.
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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.

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

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