MIAMI (CBSDC/AP) — Trial is being delayed yet again for the alleged shooter in the 2007 slaying of Washington Redskins star safety Sean Taylor.

A Miami-Dade County courts spokeswoman said Tuesday the trial of 23-year-old Eric Rivera Jr. will not begin Monday as scheduled. The reasons given were scheduling conflicts and availability of witnesses.

A new trial date will be set Monday. There have been numerous delays.

Rivera and four others from the Fort Myers area are charged with shooting Taylor in the leg during an attempted robbery of his Florida home in 2007. He underwent surgery to repair damage to his femoral artery, but would eventually succumb to his injuries.

Venjah Hunte, who pleaded guilty to degree murder in 2009, is expected to testify against the defendants. He is currently serving a 29-year prison sentence.

Rivera and the others pleaded not guilty and are being tried separately. Each faces a possible life sentence if convicted.

The Redskins selected Taylor with the fifth overall pick in the 2004 draft. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2006 and posthumously in 2007.

Before the NFL, Taylor starred at the University of Miami.

He was 24 at the time of his death.


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