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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.