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Sean Taylor Murder Trial Begins

A Washington Redskins fan holds a sign remembering Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor, who was killed during a robbery of his home, prior to the start of an NFL football wildcard playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Redskins, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, at Qwest Field in Seattle.
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A Washington Redskins fan holds a sign remembering Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor, who was killed during a robbery of his home, prior to the start of an NFL football wildcard playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Redskins, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, at Qwest Field in Seattle.

The trial of the alleged shooter in the 2007 slaying of Washington Redskins star safety Sean Taylor is underway in Florida. The circumstances of a confession were the focus of opening statements today.

A prosecutor told jurors that they will see how 23-year-old Eric Rivera Jr. described for detectives how he shot Taylor during a botched burglary. Rivera's lawyer countered that the confession was forced and said her client did not 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 was 24 when he died. He was a Pro Bowl safety who also starred at the University of Miami.

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