MIAMI (CBSDC/AP) — An Oct. 15 trial date has been set for the alleged shooter in the 2007 slaying of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor.
The trial of 23-year-old Eric Rivera Jr. has been delayed numerous times, in part because Rivera has had several different lawyers. The latest September trial date was postponed because of scheduling conflicts and witness availability.
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.
Taylor was a star at the University of Miami before the Redskins drafted him in 2004 with the 5th overall pick. He was 24 at the time of his death.
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