Defense Begins Case in Sean Taylor Slaying Trial

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    Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor leaves the field after his ejection in an NFL wild card playoff game January 7, 2006 in Tampa. The Redskins defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 - 10. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

    Today, the defense took over in the case against the man accused of shooting and killing Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor in 2007.

    And their first witness was the father of the defendant, 23-year-old Eric Rivera Jr.

    He testified that his son was very tired and scared when they were allowed to meet after Rivera was questioned by police. The defense is trying to prove that police coerced Rivera into making a videotaped confession.

    It's unclear yet if Rivera himself will testify.

    Rivera was among five people from the Fort Myers area that authorities say wanted to burglarize Taylor's home because they thought he kept large amounts of cash there. Taylor was shot after confronting the group with a machete.

    A medical examiner testified Monday that Taylor died of massive blood loss after he was shot in the upper thigh.

    Rivera faces life in prison if convicted.

    Taylor was a Pro Bowl safety who also starred at the University of Miami.