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Jury Selected in Sean Taylor Murder Trial

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Sean Taylor (credit: Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Sean Taylor (credit: Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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MIAMI — A jury of 12, plus four alternates, has been selected in Miami for the trial of the alleged shooter in the 2007 killing of Washington Redskins star safety Sean Taylor.

Jury selection finished Friday, and opening statements are scheduled to begin Monday morning. Being tried on a first-degree murder charge is 23-year-old Eric Rivera Jr. He faces life in prison because he was only 17 at the time of the slaying.

Prosecutors say Taylor was fatally shot during a botched robbery at his home. They say Rivera and four others from the Fort Myers area thought Taylor would be playing a Redskins game, but he was home with an injury.

One of the others has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and burglary charges. The others will go on trial later.

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