Sean Taylor Murder Trial Day 2: Prosecutors Continue After Emotional Testimony
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MIAMI (CBSDC/AP) — Prosecutors are putting on their second day of testimony in the trial of the man who allegedly shot and killed Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor during a 2007 attempted burglary.
The trial of 23-year-old Eric Rivera Jr. continues Tuesday in Miami. Jurors on Monday heard opening statements from lawyers and testimony from police crime scene investigators.
Jackie Garcia, Taylor’s girlfriend who was in the bedroom with their child, testified that the football player was unable to speak after he was shot and that she found him lying in a hallway near their bedroom in a pool of blood, gasping for breath. She called 911.
“I heard a really loud noise, gun shots, scream like ‘Ahhhh.’,” Garcia testified, per CBS Miami. “I hid under the covers.”
“I got a towel and tried to stop the bleeding. I ran outside and screamed for help. I told them someone was dying, to please hurry.”
One investigator says footprints were found at the crime scene that were later matched to sneakers Rivera wore that night.
Rivera has pleaded not guilty and his lawyer says he was forced to confess falsely to police. Prosecutors say that confession was voluntary and leaves little doubt about his guilt. Rivera faces life in prison if convicted.
Four other Fort Myers-area men were charged.
One of the other four suspects, Venjah Hunte, has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and burglary charges and could testify against Rivera. The other three are scheduled to go on trial later.
Taylor was 24 at the time of his death.
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