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Sean Taylor Murder Suspect Fires Lawyer

Trial still set to start in April

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    Sean Taylor during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Nov. 19, 2006.

    The man accused of fatally shooting Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor during a 2007 burglary has fired his lawyer one month before his murder trial.

    Eric Rivera Jr. gave the Miami-Dade County, Fla., judge a letter Friday explaining his reasons for firing Quinton Pitts, an experienced defense lawyer. The judge ordered the letter sealed and said a new lawyer would be appointed. He warned the 21-year-old Rivera that his trial will still begin April 16.

    Four men from the Fort Myers area are accused of killing Taylor during a robbery at the player's Miami-Dade home. All have pleaded not guilty and face possible life sentences if convicted. They are being tried separately.

    A fifth man previously pleaded guilty to murder and burglary and is likely to testify against the others.

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